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Westerwelle hammers China, Russia over veto

The Local · 5 Feb 2012, 09:32

Published: 05 Feb 2012 09:32 GMT+01:00

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Guido Westerwelle told German broadcaster ARD that Russia's justification for vetoing the resolution was unconvincing and a sign of that there was "a great deal of political tactics" at work.

The resolution was approved by all members of the 15-country Security Council except Russia and China, who are two of the body's permanent members.

In a statement, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the result "a great disappointment to the people of Syria and the Middle East, and to all supporters of democracy and human rights."

UN Human rights officials now say more than 5,000 people have been killed amid the unrest in the country.

The Security Council draft resolution, which was submitted by Morocco, called on members to support an Arab League plan that demands an immediate end to the violence in Syria, as well as national dialogue.

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, said Russia "regretted the outcome," saying Moscow had wanted to find a compromise.

"But these attempts were undermined by countries that wanted too much, even a regime change," he said.

The German foreign minister called on his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, to send a clear message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during his upcoming trip to Damascus, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

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Westerwelle told ARD that Germany would not be deterred from helping the Syrian people.

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14:56 February 5, 2012 by Englishted
"Westerwelle told ARD that Germany would not be deterred from helping the Syrian people."

I what why will this help be forthcoming? same as it was in the other Arab uprisings e.g none at all.

Or as it is in the E.U. by removing a elected leader (as in Greece and Italy) and replacing him/her with a appointed leader approved by the big two in the €uro zone.
15:32 February 5, 2012 by storymann
Yes it is a war of sanctions and words.

but,as seen recently

The veto by China and Russia is a mandate for Assad to escalate the killing and violence towards his people in order to maintain his dictator status.
15:38 February 5, 2012 by derExDeutsche
So there is no consensus... Now, will Germany be going to Syria to bepose its leader with a 'Coalition of the Willing'? I can see the Protests now.

I wouldn't imagine that the EU has any sponsored interests inside Syria, agitating the Government, no. I'd say that that would be too easy! Sending a few people with some guns to start shooting, then taking the Government, to task for shooting back. Sheesh. Thank goodness the EU is not in desperate need of Energy and money right now, I'd think they were going for the Oil.
16:05 February 5, 2012 by 1TruthTeller
Westerwelle can jump up and down, all in a flap, all he wants to. China and Russia are the adults in the room here. Both can see very clearly how those exporting Jeffersonian democracy have behaved last time they received even a whisper of leeway in the cases of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. They are in no mood to be lied to again, either in the case of Syria or what the entire world can see is the big prize, Iran.

Iran is compliant in ALL IAEA & NPT requirements. "israel" is not. The Zio-controlled media would have us believe that Assad is massacring his people. Feedback from the streets of Syria clearly show the opposite. It wasn't true in Libya, and it's not true in Syria. We are being lied to. Again.

A simple youtube search of videos of and by minorities in Syria and Iran will show you the truth. Check Rick Steve's documentary on Iran. Take the time. Listening Herr Westerwelle? Who's feeding you bad intel? Cui bono?
03:31 February 6, 2012 by _jr
"Guido Westerwelle told German broadcaster ARD ... that there was "a great deal of political tactics" at work."

yes, and misinformation/propaganda. are we really to believe that the US of A and her allies have the best interests of the Syrian people at heart? the trackrecord so far (Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Libya -- to name the most recent) does suggest otherwise.

Mr Westerwelle, wake up and 'smell the coffee', people don't fall for the one-dimensional portrayal of good West vs bad anymore. it would be better if you concentrated on making the European Union a more harmonious place to live and work, instead of regurgitating US corporate policy ideals.
15:14 February 6, 2012 by mos101392
As terrible and sad as it may be in Syria, if it's all true, I think this veto may not be a bad thing. After all, you saw how fast Germany came to the rescue in Libya :O) I still have memories of Secretary or State Colin Powell with pictures in hand trying to convince the UN that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Just as I knew it would happen, with the west intervening in Libya's civil war, half the population has animosity towards the west and see's the intervention as illegal and therefore not legitimate...of course England, France, and the USA had absolutely no "hidden" deals or oil contracts with the rebels once theygot control of the country :O) After Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, the Iran crisis, ect ect, when will the West be happy to clean our own back yards? Aren't we having a financial crisis of our own or am I just imagining it? Hey, how about Europe, "WITHOUT" America, invade Syria and use their wealth to boost Greece, Italy, Spain, Ireland, and Portugal"s economies? And Westerwelle should lead the charge as Supreme Allied Commander. Again as bad as it may be, it may be in everyone's own interest to just let the cards play out. Usually, in the end, things tend to all work themselves out...just as In the revolutions of France, England, America, India, Russia, ect. If I'm at one end of the bar enjoying my beer and a fight breaks out at the other end.....NOT MY BUSINESS! And I will and I did continue to enjoy my beer "WITHOUT GETTING INVOLVED". :O) If you look at it from another perspective, and if it can possibly get even worse and s**t hits the fan, our good friends China and Russia have just laid in our laps denial of responsibility and they will be the headline of history on why so many more suffered and died in Syria. The West can now say they tried and can now point the finger at Russia and China. Just a prospective of a retired US soldier.
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