New York, NY, July 19, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called Russia and China's veto of a United Nations Security Council Resolution on Syria "irresponsible and willful obstruction," saying the two countries "are preventing the international community from fulfilling their responsibility to maintain international peace and security."
The resolution was introduced by Britain, and gives President Bashar al-Assad ten days to implement the Kofi Annan-mediated peace plan, which the Syrian leader has already officially accepted. Should Syria fail to take this step, the resolution calls for the imposition of economic sanctions.
"This marks the third time that Russia and China have blocked Security Council action aimed at stopping the bloodshed in Syria," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "As Russia and China stand aside and promote toothless, ineffective proposals, Bashar al-Assad's regime continues its brutal efforts to suppress the uprising, which has already killed over 17,000 people in 16 months of conflict.
"The Security Council has a responsibility to the international community and the innocent Syrian victims of Assad's brutality," said Mr. Foxman. "Russia and China's repeat blocking of meaningful international action to promote peace in Syria portends the further weakening of the institution."
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