Thursday, February 16, 2012

Russia Seeks Changes To Syria Resolution

Russia has sought to water down a draft UN resolution condemning the bloodshed in Syria, while welcoming the regime's pledge to hold a referendum on a new constitution.

The General Assembly is to vote on the non-binding resolution later, less than two weeks after Russia and China vetoed a Security Council draft backing an Arab League call for President Bashar al Assad to quit.

According to diplomats, Moscow has requested that a paragraph referring to the Arab League plan, which would have seen Syria's vice president replace Mr Assad, be changed.

Another amendent would link the return of Syrian troops to their barracks to an "end of attacks by armed groups against state institutions".

Russia also wants the opposition "to dissociate themselves from armed groups engaged in acts of violence", and not mention Syrian government abuses against civilians. Read More