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Germany disappointed as UN fails to censure Syria

The Local · 5 Oct 2011, 12:46

Published: 05 Oct 2011 12:46 GMT+02:00

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"The failure of the Syria resolution is very regrettable. The UN Security Council has not lived up to its responsibility for peace and security in the world," said Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in a statement.

"Germany will continue to push, both internationally and especially within the European Union, for a clear position and pressure on the Syrian regime," he added.

After nearly six months of negotiations, nine of the 15 countries on the Security Council voted for the resolution, drawn up by France, with Britain, Germany and Portugal.

The text called for "targeted measures" if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad did not end the assault on demonstrators, which the UN says has resulted in at least 2,700 deaths.

But Russia and China used their veto as permanent members of the council to kill the resolution.

South Africa, India, Brazil and Lebanon abstained, reaffirming a divide in the 15-nation body since NATO launched air strikes in Libya using UN resolutions to justify the action.

During an angry debate in the Security Council chamber, US ambassador Susan Rice led a rare walkout protest when Syria's UN envoy accused the United States of being a party to "genocide".

Syria’s ambassador to the UN Bashar Ja’afari also attacked the UK and France for their sponsorship of the resolution, before turning on the Germans. “And there is Germany, the third musketeer. Germany, which persecuted the Jews in Europe, is now playing the honest broker of a dishonest and deceitful resolution,” he said.

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14:28 October 5, 2011 by Baynik
The UN didn't fail! They are the failure! It is becoming more and more clear that human lives are secondary to political and economic greed! The UN needs to be run by simple people from villages in Africa, Afghanistan, and the simpletons who have nothing to give or to gain but human compassion and common sense!
15:28 October 5, 2011 by jbaker
The U.N. was set up as a pawn for the U.K. and United States. It has nothing to do with Peace. The people that control it need to find a desolate island to live on so they can learn to control themselves and leave the rest of humanity in Peace.
15:35 October 5, 2011 by Wise Up!
The UN is a joke. It has been hijacked by petty dictators, communists, anti-semites and the victimization industry. Just look who heads up their human rights commision!
18:29 October 5, 2011 by lecturenotes2009
LOL.. what a toy... of course, Russia and China will always veto anything against their interests, the same as US, UK will veto anything whatever against their interest.

oink oink, Germany wants sanctions against Syria in the name of human right abuse etc etc, but it's the same Germany who did/does not want to impose anything on Khaddafi and c.o. because the same Germany is afraid that it will damage the bilateral relationship.

by the way, are u sure about the sanction on the humanitarian abuses? of i forget, we will never ever do the same to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Yes, we even sold our tanks there... LOL..
01:19 October 6, 2011 by shahislam
Let the head of the super power give the changing process a head start.

Without Balancing measures taken immediately (e.g. Re: Taxation, labor, compromised new social security, immigration policies etc.), the itching to work or doing some physical activities for money-the sane (un-smart?) middle class will keep feeling more frustrated and sick in the coming time!

And why the present US administration cannot do better in this regard than the hoped currently non-existent one?

There is a hidden North-American reality to begin to unfold from 2013, if some can make others realize how important clues for economic success or failure exist in the present forms of thoughts, plans of actions etc. of selected but non-identifiable, poorly wise human brain members of Western 'Think-Tank', super Committees etc.

The ingredients, in the light of New UN's or World's Economy, need to be replaced for youthful ideas and a fresh start with 'Balanced International Trades without fiscal deficits for every nations', no labor-unions but factory and construction jobs for millions of hard-working middle class US /North-American public/ people at minimum wages for producing even cheap small items-we import from elsewhere, no more bailouts of doomed to vanish giant Corporations or failing businesses (of Groups of few rich guys), etc.

It is all about money and comfort and not about humanly happiness and peace! So, there is very little for humanity to lose from an ensuing massive change in the World Economy.
08:39 October 6, 2011 by Englishted

You maybe correct in what you say but I'm still thankful that there has been no "major" war since it has been there.

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