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News Analysis: UN resolution adds pressure to embattled Syria gov't

(Xinhua)

08:09, August 06, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- The resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on Friday would add fresh pressure to the Syrian government, which is undergoing unabated violence and insurgency, analysts here said.

The resolution, which demands all parties in Syria cease violence and create an environment conducive to a political transition, is putting more pressure on Damascus, as international mediation efforts are overshadowed by the resignation of UN-Arab League special joint envoy Kofi Annan, they said.

It meant many countries in the world were unsatisfied with the developments on the Syrian ground, and were calling for more efforts from the government to reduce violence and restore stability.

The document, drafted by Saudi Arabia and received 133 votes in favor, 12 against and 31 abstained, condemned the Syrian government and its troops for stepping up the use of heavy weapons in populated areas.

Analysts said that while the resolution only carries symbolic weight and is not legally binding, it will still increase pressure on the Syrian government as the conflicts continue on the ground.

The Assad administration, embattled in a fierce war against the opposition at home, is encountering more suspicion and accusation from the outside, observers said.

However, the resolution also met significant opposition.

Russia voted against it, saying the text is "one-sided and unbalanced," as it simply puts the entire responsibility for the crisis on the government and encourages Syria's opposition to continue the violence.

Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin accused some countries of supporting, financing, and providing mercenaries to the Syrian opposition under the disguise of humanitarian aid.

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