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Moscow Ready to Seek Syria Solution with UN

RIA Novosti

16:42 17/02/2012 MOSCOW, February 17 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is ready to seek a compromise formula together with other UN member states to settle the months-long political crisis in Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry Official spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Friday.

His statement follows passage by the UN General Assembly on Thursday of a non-binding resolution condemning Syria’s authorities for human rights violations and calling on President Bashar al-Assad to step down. The measure passed with 137 votes in favor, while 12 countries voted against, including Russia and China. Seventeen others abstained.

“We are ready to seek a compromise formula to resolve the Syrian crisis on the basis of the UN. But the interests of the Syrian people, peace and security in the whole region must be paramount,” Lukashevich said in a statement issued on the website of the ministry.

He said that the resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on Thursday was a virtual copy of the draft UN Security Council resolution that Russia and China vetoed on February 4. This document “was obviously one-sided and blamed the Syrian crisis on the national government,” the diplomat added.

Russia’s envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin said on Thursday that the UN General Assembly’s resolution is an attempt to impose a form of political settlement on the country. After the vote Churkin said the resolution was “unbalanced” and reflected “tendencies that are cause for our concern: attempts to isolate the Syrian leadership, reject any contacts with it and impose a political settlement formula from outside.”

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