U.N. resolution condemning Syria not adopted
Syrian anti-regime protesters shout slogans during a demonstration in Al-Qsair, near the flashpoint city Homs, on Friday.
February 4th, 2012
12:15 PM ET

U.N. resolution condemning Syria not adopted

A U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Syria was not adopted Saturday after Russia and China voted against it.

Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council and a trade partner with Syria, has hinted it is not satisfied with the latest draft resolution and was seeking to introduce late amendments to the text.

Thirteen Security Council members, including permanent members France, United Kingdom, and the United States, voted in favor of the resolution.

Some Syrians have cried out for international action to stop attacks on civilians.

U.S. President Barack Obama issued a strongly worded statement Saturday calling on the international community to act.

"Every government has the responsibility to protect its citizens, and any government that brutalizes and massacres its people does not deserve to govern," Obama said."Assad must halt his campaign of killing and crimes against his own people now. He must step aside and allow a democratic transition to proceed immediately."

Read previous coverage on the Syria story.


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  1. Peace4all

    looks like the bad boys are back in town

    February 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NorCalMojo

    Look at the guy in the pic. He might as well be wearing a t-shirt that says "Make my kid a martyr"

    February 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    vetoes including ours have done more to create havoc in this world of ours, 'governed &policed' by 5 permanent security council members. long live democracy.

    February 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Clydster

    Im tired of my posts being moderated by a random choice computer..... It seems as if that every time someone has something to say to support the people in syria it gets dumped why is this? These people need our support is so difficult that those civilians know that some of us americans do care but they might find out or what? Come on CNN theres a lot of people out there that care about the issues in syria and those people under assad have a right to this knowledge

    February 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @ Clydster
    your sentiments are commendable but you forget that we are a nation now driven by propaganda and shielded from truth most of the time lest our politicos , lobbysts and special interest that govern us are hindered from pursuing their agenda.

    mainstream media is a part of that design.

    February 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    OMG, What a surprise here. Who would have thought that Russia and China would vote against this measure ?

    February 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Why not abolish this ant-democratic veto menace altogether. All resolutions to pass by a clear vote. Let the general Assembly take a vote on this issue.

    February 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hamsta

    obama is a joke.he needs the UNs permission to go after assad.(thats what leading from behind means.)the UN is a joke.they need chinas and russias permission to go after assad.(obama taught them to be good followers.)where is bush when you need him?(at least he had the balls to be a good leader)

    February 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You’re kidding, right?
      Tell me you’re kidding

      February 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pmk1953

    Just let Bain buy Syria. In 6 months, they'll have stripped all value out of the country, fired all the management (goverment) and layed off the entire populaation. Problem solved!

    February 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Syria sound like they want more of a final solution…

      February 4, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    I'm sure this will probably get a lot of people jumping on me, but here goes.
    This resolution that failed to pass because of Russia and China was a condemnation of the violence being used against the Syrian people, right?

    OK. Would someone please explain to me how a handful of words on a piece of paper was expected to stop thhe violence. Al Assad has been chastised over and over but yet the carnage continues.
    Words may cause hurt feelings, but nothing more.
    I hear the lion roaring as usual. But the lion has no teeth.
    Here's my suggestion again. Arab League nations, this is your backyard.
    Use your own militaries for a change. We are tired of losing our own people in your fights.

    February 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Um...relax...there is more than one Syrian thread, both of which are using the same picture…the other thread has 200+ posts….

    February 4, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    @ banasy

    always humour @ hamsta. The posts from this good fella are indeed in jest.

    @ bobcat
    rightly put. Its an Arab problem. However we the American public may be tired of sending our young to fight in those lands and spare our almost non-existence national treasure but our political leadership is not.

    @ Dani

    perhaps you are not aware that weapons sale is our domain as well and we are in it as deep as Chinese or Russians even more so. Be it Saddam or Ghaddafi or Saudis or Indians, whoever is willing to shell out petro-dollars or simply dollars.
    And then we borrow from China, a trillion dollars plus so far if I am not wrong.

    February 4, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
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