Geneva, June 1, 2012
Geneva, June 1, 2012
The United Nations Human Rights Council condemned Syria on Friday for the massacre in al-Houla and called for a U.N. investigation to identify the perpetrators and gather evidence for possible criminal prosecution, as Washington expressed “serious concerns” over Russia’s supply of arms to the Syrian regime.
The 47-member forum, which held an emergency session in Geneva, adopted a resolution by a vote of 41 states in favor with 3 against — including China and Russia — two abstentions and one delegation absent for the vote, according to Reuters.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, charged Friday that Russia has continued to supply arms to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, raising “serious concerns” in the United States.
“We know there has been a very consistent arms trade, even during the past year, coming from Russia to Syria. We also believe the continuous supply of arms from Russia has strengthened the Assad regime,” she said at a news conference in Oslo, according to AFP.
“The fact that Russia has continued to sustain this trade in the face of efforts by the international community to impose sanctions … has raised serious concerns on our part,” she said.
Clinton’s remarks followed assertions by Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier Friday that Russia takes no side in the fighting in Syria and was not supplying “the weapons that could be used in a civil conflict.”
Clinton said Russia’s stance on the conflict in Syria was seen as supporting the government of Assad.
“I repeat the appeal that I have made to Russia because their position of claiming not to take a position is certainly viewed in the Security Council, in Damascus and elsewhere, as a position supporting the continuity of the Assad regime,” Clinton said.
“And if Russia is prepared, as President Putin’s remarks seem to suggest, to work with the international community to come together to plan a political transition, we will certainly be ready to cooperate,” she added.
Source: Al Arabiya with agencies