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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Russia And China Veto Syria Resolution

Foreign Secretary William Hague leads international outcry, branding Russia and China's UN veto "inexcusable and indefensible".

Russia and China have again vetoed a UN resolution threatening sanctions against President Bashar al Assad's government if it did not stop using heavy weapons.

The 11-2 vote, with two abstentions from South Africa and Pakistan, was the third double veto of a Syria resolution by Damascus' most important allies.

The UK, United States and France all said the UN had failed the people of Syria by failing to act.

Foreign Secretary William Hague denounced the Russian and Chinese vetoes as "inexcusable and indefensible" and said both countries will "pay a serious price" for their stance.

Mr Hague said: "When it came to the time to turn agreements which they have supported into action to end the violence, they stood aside from that.

"They have turned their back on the people of Syria in their darkest hour."

The vote also leaves in limbo the future of the 300-strong UN observer mission in Syria, whose mandate expires on Friday.

Britain's UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, who sponsored the Western-backed draft, said he was "appalled" at the third double veto by Russia and China. Read More