London, Aug 4: Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin has claimed that a resolution passed by the UN General Assembly on Syria was ‘one-sided’ and supported the armed opposition, as violence in the Middle-East country continues.
Churkin told the UN that the Saudi-drafted resolution concealed “blatant support for the armed opposition” and said that his country regretted the resolution, which “only aggravates confrontational approaches to the resolution of the Syrian crisis, doing nothing to facilitate dialogue between the parties”.
Russia voted “no” along with China, Syria, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Belarus, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Burma, Zimbabwe and Venezuela.
The resolution expresses “grave concern” at the escalation of violence in Syria and deplores “the failure of the Security Council to agree on measures to ensure the compliance of Syrian authorities with its decisions”.
It says it is up to the Syrian government to take the “first step in the cessation of violence”, the report said.
Syrian government forces backed by tanks have reportedly increased the violence in the country in the last one week, after launching a new assault in Damascus while shelling continued in the country’s largest city, Aleppo, it added. (ANI)