UN condemns Syria for crackdown on protesters

The UN Security Council condemned the Syrian government for its intensified crackdown against anti-government protesters and for committing widespread human rights violations. All 15 members voted to adopt a presidential statement of condemnation on Wedne

The condemnation of the violence in Syria was long in coming because in order for a presidential statement to be adopted by the Security Council, all 15 member-states need to agree to its wording, explained RT correspondent Marina Portnaya.

All council members voted to adopt the statement, including Syria’s close ally and neighbor Lebanon. However, Beirut dissociated itself from the text.

“The Security Council condemns the widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities,” reads the presidential statement.

It also stresses that the only solution to the current crisis in Syria is through “an inclusive and Syrian-led political process, with the aim of effectively addressing the legitimate aspirations and concerns of the population which will allow the full exercise of fundamental freedoms for its entire population, including that of expression and peaceful assembly.”

There has been speculation in the media about whether the international community will try to intervene in the Syrian conflict. However, the statement stressed that “the Security Council reaffirms its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria.”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon once again called on President Bashar Assad and the Syrian authorities to immediately cease all violence against civilians and to “fully respect human rights and implement reforms that they have already announced.”

The ongoing intense military assault by government forces on the restive city of Hama triggered the adoption of the statement.

Presidential statements are similar in format to UN resolutions, but are not legally binding.

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