17 Feb 2012

UN General Assembly wants end to killings in Syria

11:32 am on 17 February 2012

The UN General Assembly on Thursday approved a resolution condemning human rights violations in Syria and calling for an end to the killings.

It also calls for President Bashar al-Assad to relinquish power.

An initial count showed that the resolution received 137 votes in favor, 12 against and 17 abstentions. The resolution was non-binding.

Russia and China were among those that voted against. They previously vetoed a similiar resolution at the Security Council. Russia is opposed to enforced regime change.

Egypt introduced the resolution to the chamber on behalf of 27 other countries. It was supported by the Arab League.