´Syrian regime capable of using chemical weapons´ (JERUSALEM POST) By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER 08/04/12)
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WASHINGTON – Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor slammed Syria for its
chemical weapons and warned the UN General Assembly about their
potential use on Friday.
“We should not pretend that a regime that cuts the throats of
children today will not be prepared to gas them tomorrow,” he said.
“Assad must know that he will be held accountable for using these
weapons,” he asserted during a session that saw Syria censured by the
Some 132 countries joined Israel in approving the Saudi-drafted
resolution during Friday’s special session. Twelve countries,
including Russia and China voted against it, and 31 abstained.
The resolution expressed "grave concern" at the escalation of
violence in Syria and condemned the UN Security Council for its
failure “to agree on measures to ensure the compliance of Syrian
authorities with its decisions."
It also calls for "an inclusive Syrian-led political transition to a
democratic, pluralistic political system" and expressed "concern at
the threat by the Syrian authorities to use chemical or biological
Russia and China have routinely blocked more aggressive Security
Council action to pressure Syrian President Bashar Assad from killing
civilians and opposition groups with whom he has been battling for 17
No country has veto power over the non-binding General Assembly
statements, and Friday’s resolution included much of the language in
previously vetoed Security Council resolutions.
Though the General Assembly move lacks power, it was seen by Western
powers as an important sign of Syria’s isolation and means of shaming
Russia and China.
"This vote shines the spotlight on Russia and China and humiliates
them in a way that they don´t like," a UN diplomat said on condition
Britain´s UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told reporters after the
vote that a "colossal majority" supported the resolution, which had
been revised to remove language explicitly backing Arab League calls
for Assad to step down and urging states to implement sanctions
But the resolution still welcomes an Arab League decision calling for
Assad to step aside, without giving details of that decision.
Those revisions secured the support of dozens of countries that might
have opposed it otherwise, UN diplomats said.
Saudi Arabia´s Ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi said "the number of
votes in favor has exceeded all of our expectations."
Israel’s ambassador also declared Syria the victor in
falsehoods. “Over the course of several debates, the Syrian
representative has managed to take the art of fabrication in this
hall to new heights. If lying was an Olympic event, I have no doubt
that the Syrian regime and its representatives could easily win a
gold medal,” Prosor charged.
And he pointed to the Iranian involvement in what’s happening in
Syria, a close ally of Tehran.
“On the ground, Iranians are assisting Assad´s henchmen,” he
charged. “The outside forces that have been instrumental in the
slaughter in Syria speak in a Persian accent. Unfortunately, many in
the international community do not yet acknowledge this fact, despite
the overwhelming evidence that supports it.” (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 08/03/12)
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