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UN General Assembly resolution will only lead to "more violence" in Middle East: Syria

(Xinhua)

08:15, February 17, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Bashar Ja'afari, the Syrian permanent representative to the UN, said here Thursday that the passing of a draft resolution on Syria would only encourage more chaos in the region and embolden armed groups to take more action against the state and civilians.

Ja'afari's statement came as the UN General Assembly met on the prevention of armed conflict and a draft resolution on Syria.

Ja'afari called on member states to vote against the resolution, which later passed with 137 votes in favor, 12 against, and 17 abstentions.

"In this context, we would like to confirm that any biased, unobjective resolution would only send the wrong message to all of these extremists and terrorists, a message that their violence and their deliberate sabotage received the support of the members states of the United Nations and their encouragement," said Ja'afari. "Consequently, the adoption of such a resolution would only lead to tightening of the crisis and more violence in the region as a whole instead of solving the crisis peacefully."

The resolution on Syria supports the Arab League (AL) plan for political transition in Syria and calls for the appointment of a UN special envoy to the country.

Ja'afari said that Syria has deep concerns regarding the true intentions of some of the countries behind the new assembly resolution. He said that some of its backers have denied the existence of armed groups in Syria that commit acts of violence and that these sponsors have refused to add amendments that would invite the Syrian opposition to disassociate itself from armed groups.

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