Washington: The Obama Administration has condemned the decision of Russia and China to veto the UN Security Council resolution on Syria, saying “those who voted against the resolution are on the wrong side of the history.”
The Thursday resolution sought sanctions against Syrian. However, Russia and China vetoed it, while India was among the 11 countries that voted in favour.
“The decision by a very small minority of the Security Council to veto this action is deplorable and regrettable,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Thursday travelling with him on Air Force One to Florida.
“We need to come together behind a simple proposition that the Syrian President is waging a brutal, murderous campaign against his own people and that we need to come together to do everything we can to bring about a future in Syria that does not include Bashar al-Assad,” he said.
“Those who vetoed the measure — those nations that vetoed the measure are on the wrong side of history. They’re on the wrong side of the Syrian people,” Carney said.
“We find it highly unfortunate, because it is absurd to send forth unarmed UN observers in the face of the brutality of the Assad regime if the consequences of failing to live up to their commitments, of the Assad regime’s commitments, are non-existent. There have to be consequences,” he said.
“The purpose of the resolution was to provide a mechanism that would have allowed for consequences through sanctions. Again, we find it very regrettable,” Carney said.
A State Department official said the US is going to remain focused on all elements of its national security strategy in terms of keeping the pressure on the Assad regime.
Meanwhile the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called Russia and China’s veto of a UN 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.