Friday, February 17, 2012
The United Nations Security Council has been unable to act on Syria because two of the permanent members -- Russia and China -- have blocked action. But those two countries have no veto in the U.N. General Assembly, which late last night voted overwhelmingly to support an Arab League plan that strongly condemns human rights violations in Syria and that calls for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign.
The U.N. General Assembly Resolution was adopted by a vote of 137 to 12 vote, with 17 abstentions. (There are 193 members of the U.N. General Assembly.) As you can see from the board, those voting "no" include Cuba, Iran, and North Korea.
The photo of digistal display board for the General Assembly vote is from the UN Website. (UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz)