Thursday, February 16, 2012

U.N. General Assembly to take up resolution condemning Syria; China to send envoy

(CNN) -- The United Nations General Assembly is set Thursday to take up a symbolic resolution condemning President Bashar al-Assad's violent crackdown in Syria after China and Russia blocked the Security Council from approving enforceable measures aimed at curbing the violence.

The anticipated vote follows news that al-Assad has moved up a vote on a constitutional referendum touted by his government as an important reform initiative, a move critics say is nothing more than window dressing.

While a resolution adopted by the 193-member nation General Assembly would not be biding, it would mark the strongest U.N. statement to date condemning al-Assad's regime. Read More