05 Feb '12, 12am

International outcry after Russia & China veto UN resolution on Syria crisis for the second time

PARIS (AFP) - Western and Arab powers on Saturday reacted angrily to Russia and China's veto of a Security Council resolution on the Syria crisis, but Moscow and Beijing insisted the text needed more work. Russia, a long-time Syrian ally, and China had earlier vetoed a UN Security Council resolution condemning the Syrian government's deadly crackdown despite reports by Syrian activists that troops overnight had killed 230 civilians in the city of Homs. Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin justified the veto by saying the proposed resolution 'sent an unbalanced signal to the Syrian parties'. His Chinese counterpart Li Baodong said pushing through such 'a vote when parties are still seriously divided ... will not help maintain the unity and authority of the Security Council, or help resolve the issue.' But the international community reacted with anger at the double veto, t...

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