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By Michael Jacobs
The United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution which calls for a political transition of power within the Syrian government.
The Arab-backed resolution, which passed 107-12 with 59 absentees, recognizes the Syrian National Coalition, the government’s main opposition, as the legitimate representation of the Syrian people.
The Arab backing of the resolution hopes it will show the international dismay at the failure to find a peaceful end to the nearly two-year long conflict in Syria, which has killed nearly 70,000.
“If we are unable to do anything to stop this tragedy, then how can we sustain the moral credibility of this organization?” General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic said.
Some believe the resonance of the assembly’s resolution is capable of putting enough pressure on Security Council members to take more forceful action against Bashar Al-Assad’s regime.
Syria currently has two strong allies within the Security Council, China and Russia. Both countries have exercised their veto power in multiple Western-backed resolutions which would have placed greater pressure upon President Assad’s regime.
Russian deputy ambassador, Alexander Pankin criticized the resolution, stating it’s an attempt by Arab states to oust the Syrian president and not to bring about a solution to the conflict.