Russia and China veto of Syria sanctions condemned as ‘indefensible’


Britain, France and US reeling over third veto of UN draft resolution that would impose sanctions on the Assad regime

guardian.co.uk

The UK, US and France rounded on Russia and China following the veto of a UN draft resolution on fresh Syrian sanctions, lambasting the move as “inexcusable” and accusing Moscow of buying time for Bashar al-Assad to “smash the opposition”.

Both Russia and China have consistently resisted the security council’s attempts to introduce sanctions on Damascus, meaning their veto was no surprise, but the strength of the response from those in favour gave some indication of the frustrations behind the scenes.

Britain’s foreign secretary, William Hague, condemned the two countries vetoing the resolution as “inexcusable and indefensible”, adding that Russia and China had “turned their back on the people of Syria in their darkest hour”.

It was the third time Russia and China have used their vetoes over Syria. The resolution would have allowed sanctions to be imposed on the Assad regime under chapter 7 of the UN Charter.

The UK ambassador, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, was the first to respond to the vote at the UN in New York, telling council members that the UK “is appalled by the decision of Russia and China to veto this draft resolution”.

“Russia and China are failing in their responsibilities as permanent security council members,” Lyall Grant said, adding that the proposed resolution is supported by almost every group internationally.

Lyall Grant said the other UN Security Council nations had “offered flexibility on Russia and China’s concerns”, yet the countries “argued that a chapter 7 resolution is somehow designed to seek conflict through the backdoor”.

“This argument is irrational,” he added.

The French ambassador, Gérard Araud, was even more critical, declaring that “‘history will prove [Russia and China] wrong, and it will judge them”.

“It is now clear that Russia merely wants to win time for the Syrian regime to smash the opposition,” he said.

Russia’s ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, fought back against the criticism, saying countries had “attempted to fan the flames of conflict within the UN Security Council”.

“The draft which was just voted on was biased. The threats of sanctions were levelled exclusively at the government of Syria. This runs counter to the spirit of the Geneva document and does not reflect the realities in the country today.”

China also believed the resolution to be “seriously problematic, with uneven content that is intended to put pressure on only one party”.

The country’s ambassador Li Baodong said countries had made “unfounded accusations against China”, adding that the resolution would “not only further aggravate the turmoil, but also result in spill over to other countries in the region”.

However Susan Rice, the US ambassador, said that the suggestion that the resolution would give the green light for foreign forces to enter Syria was “paranoid if not disingenuous”.

“It would in no way authorise or even pave the way for foreign military intervention,” Rice said. She said the resolution “would not even impose sanctions at these stage”.

“We have missed yet another critical opportunity to work together. We and the people of Syria cannot afford to miss any more,” she added.

“One can only hope that one day, before too many thousands more die, that Russia and China will stop protecting Assad and allow this council to play its proper role at the centre of the international response to the crisis in Syria.”

  1. #1 by Moltovivo on July 20, 2012 - 4:29 pm

    The hypocrisy of the Brits, the French and the Americans is sickening.

  2. #2 by Naeem on July 20, 2012 - 4:52 pm

    Whats indefensible is when israel commits holocaust in the open public by using wmd’s against a defenceless population the US says israel is defending itself.

  3. #3 by Ponders70 on July 20, 2012 - 4:55 pm

    Ms. william hague, kiss my ass.
    Where was world condemnation when
    Britain was raping,pillaging,despoiling and
    otherwise committing genocide
    throughout the world under the auspices
    of Empire and Rule Brittania?
    Shut your mouth. Your little island is
    now inconsequential and struggling to
    remain relevant in todays world.

  4. #4 by amerikagulag on July 20, 2012 - 7:13 pm

    Yes Russia and China’s anti-semitic actions slaps Israel in the face in her quest for the Greater Israel.

  5. #5 by ruby22-kate on July 20, 2012 - 8:49 pm

    U.S.&UK acting like they are two years old, having temper tantrums because they lust for more and more war.

    Paranoid & disingenuous? Look at Libya to see the reality of ‘humanitarian intervention.’

  6. #6 by m6c9d2000 on July 20, 2012 - 11:07 pm

    Ah, what about the numerous UN Mandates that the US has vetoed (acting alone) over the years against israel? What is it around, or over 200 by now?

    It looks to me that Russia and China know BS when they see it!

    US Army Veteran
    Marc C. Daniele
    Hercy, Mo.

  7. #7 by Jeff Mills on July 20, 2012 - 11:10 pm

    Of course, the repeated vetoing of the votes on Palestine by the US is rational and defensible. There is much more to be said on this, but I doubt there is altruistic intent by the US on this one!

  8. #8 by Civilian on July 20, 2012 - 11:12 pm

    Susan Rice, “We have missed yet another critical opportunity to work together. We and the people of Syria cannot afford to miss any more,” she added.

    Have these people no shame?

    Civilian

  9. #9 by Isaac on July 20, 2012 - 11:40 pm

    China, Russia, Iran, Syria, Venezuela and some other countries are the ones to see the diabolical intentions of the “West”. I am glad that there is an opposition to the devil.

  10. #10 by rasheeda on July 21, 2012 - 1:22 am

    Russia and China are permanent members of Un security council so is it possible the 3 other member states, which are undoubtedly controlled by zionists, may work a different angle in over-riding Russia and China’s veto?

  11. #11 by 30.06 on July 21, 2012 - 1:25 am

    Condi Rice – Susan Rice , whats next , No Rice ? Oh wait , that’s what the Sanctions are for , to starve the Syrians , to please the Jews . Jews are only happy when others are starving or being Napalmed .

  12. #12 by Ingrid B on July 21, 2012 - 3:48 am

    “Britain’s foreign secretary, William Hague, condemned the two countries vetoing the resolution as “inexcusable and indefensible”, adding that Russia and China had “turned their back on the people of Syria in their darkest hour”.” :

    the US/UK/French, and other assorted vultures, care NOTHING for the Syrian people.. also, it WAS NOT Russia, or China, who funded, and armed, bloodthirsty terrorist thugs, to murder, and terrorize, Syrian civilians..

  13. #13 by William Crain on July 21, 2012 - 7:13 am

    yeah really ~ me thinkth thou does protest too much ~ ya think ~ sheeeeeeesh ~ no amt of explectives can discribe the US Statagon and is hegemonic imperialism… or its hubristic hyprocrisy.

  14. #14 by Pedro Ali Alves on July 21, 2012 - 1:30 pm

    EXPLOSIVE -ISRAHELL TOOL,ZIONIST JEWISH AIPAC LACKEY, US AMBASSADOR MARC GINSBERG MAKES INCREDIBLE ADMISSIONS OF ,CIA,SAUDI,GCC TURKISH TERRORIST INVOLVEMENT IN SYRIA DESTABLIZATION …THE SECRET BATTLE FOR SYRIA by Ambassador marc ginsberg http://thenakedfacts.blogspot.com/2012/07/explosive-israhell-toolzionist-jewish.html

  15. #15 by Ali Al on July 21, 2012 - 1:31 pm

    EXPLOSIVE -ISRAHELL TOOL,ZIONIST JEWISH AIPAC LACKEY, US AMBASSADOR MARC GINSBERG MAKES INCREDIBLE ADMISSIONS OF ,CIA,SAUDI,GCC TURKISH TERRORIST INVOLVEMENT IN SYRIA DESTABLIZATION …THE SECRET BATTLE FOR SYRIA by Ambassador marc ginsberg

    http://thenakedfacts.blogspot.com/2012/07/explosive-israhell-toolzionist-jewish.html

  16. #16 by SEARCHLIGHT on July 21, 2012 - 7:14 pm

    WHAT REALY BOTHERS ME IS HOW LOW OUR REPUBLIC HAS GONE, WHEN IT COMES TO MORALS, THE ONCE WELL KNOWN CHRISTIAN NATION THAT USED TO SHINE AMONGST NATIONS FOR ITS HUMAN POLICYS, OF ASSISTING NATIONS IN NEED, WHEN THE FORCES OF NATURE, WOULD CAUSE DAMAGE, WE USED TO BE THE FIRST ONES IN TO HELP WITH MEDICINES,FOOD AND CLOTHING, NOW THE ONLY THING THAT RECOGNIZE US BY IS AS THE BULLY WARMUNGER OF THE WORLD
    BY DESTROYING OUR CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES, AND CONTINUES INDOCTRINATION THAT ISRAEL TAKES PRIORITY OVER EVEN OUR OWN NEEDS AS A NATION.
    HERE WE HAVE TWO NATIONS THAT NOT TOO LONG AGO WERE CONSIDERED THE EVIL KINGDOM OF SATAN, AND JET BY ONE MAN AN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN BY THE NAME PUTIN IS NOW SAVING THE DAY AND THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF SYRIAN CITIZENS, WITH THOSE VOTES.
    WHILE BACK AT THE RANCH WE NOW HAVE EVIL MEN RUNNING OUR REPUBLIC WITH AN OPEN INTENTION OF DESTROYING IT LIKE THEY HAVE ALREADY PROVEN THEY CAN DO WITH GERMANY. GERMANY WILL KEEP THOSE ZIONIST OUT FOR AS LONG AS THEY DON
    ‘T RETRIVE THE BAN ON CIRCUMCISION WE SHOULD DO THE SAME BY HAVING THE TEA PARTY ORGANIZE WITH ALL GOVERNORS ACROSS THE 49 STATES EXCEPT NEW YORK (ZIONIST NEST OF SNAKES) ON PASSING LAWS THAT WOULD BAN CIRCUMCISION AT THE STATE LEVEL THAT WOULD MAKE IT A CRIME PUNISHABLE TO UP TO 30 YEARS FOR ANY BODY CIRCUMCISING A CHILD WITH OUT ITS CONCENT BY CONSIDERING IT A MUTILATION AN PEDOPHILIAC ACT, FOR ANY BODY THAT WOULD CONTINUE PERFORMING THESE RITUAL. THAT WOULD BE A KICK RIGH ON THE PEDOPHILIAC ZIONIST BALLS EVERY DAY THEY STAY IN THE UNITED STATES.

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