Publicado el 08-04-2012
A U.N. Resolution
That Only Criticizes Syria
Since the U.N. Security Council has been unable to approve a resolution against the Syrian government and the situation in which the country has been mired for the last seventeen months, this Friday, August 3rd, the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution drafted by Saudi Arabia in which the Syrian government is criticized, blaming it for the killings and other atrocities against the civil population. The resolution also warned Syria not to use its chemical weapons.
The vote was 133 to 12, although thirty three countries abstained from voting. The resolution, that had strong support from the United States and other Western governments, comes a day after Kofi Annan, the special Syria envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League, resigned after
being unable to achieve a diplomatic agreement.
This resolution clearly will not do anything to help solve the conflict in Syria, where the rebels continue to attack government forces and the governments continues to answer with more violence, resulting in thousands of dead civilians.
The Arab League and the Western nations must continue their diplomatic efforts to achieve a cease fire and some sort of agreement, perhaps with a transitional government, to end the bloodshed. Of Course, the Assad government and its supporters insist that there should be no foreign interference in what they say is an internal conflict. But the violence, with its resulting destruction and deaths, is more than enough to justify some sort of diplomatic intervention by other countries, especially those in the region that are worried about the repercussions that the conflict might have there.
Everything that can be done to solve the situation in centuries-old Syria must be done to end the civil war. The governments that support al-Assad, mainly Russia, China and Iran, should try to convince Syrian president, al-Assad, to resign and hand over power to a provisional government that could pacify the country. The longer the war goes on, more difficult will be to reconcile and rebuild the country.