原文标题：Russia, China veto resolution on Syria, India votes in favour
UNITED NATIONS: Russia and China vetoed a new UN Security Council resolution that would have slapped new sanctions against President Bashar Al Assad's regime, while India was among the 11 countries that voted in favour on Thursday.
Reacting to the outcome of the voting, India termed as "regrettable" the failure of the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution on Syria that would have threatened sanctions against Assad's regime.
India's Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said it was "regrettable that the Council has not been able to adopt the resolution today and send a joint message that was sought by joint special envoy Kofi Annan."
"In our view, it would have been preferable for the council members to show flexibility so that a united message could be conveyed to all sides to the Syrian crisis instead of pursuance of domestic interests," Puri said in his explanation on the vote.
India was among the 11 countries that voted in favour of the resolution. Pakistan and South Africa abstained. The resolution could not be adopted as Russia and China, both permanent members of the Council, voted against it.
The resolution had sought to put sanctions against the Syrian regime if Assad did not stop using heavy weapons against civilians and withdrew troops from towns and cities.
The resolution, proposed by Britain, France, Germany and the United States, would also have extended the UN's observer mission in Syria for 45 days.
The mandate for the UN's 300-man observer mission in Syria expires tomorrow.
The UN estimates that more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria and tens of thousands displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 16 months ago.
Puri said India remains "gravely concerned" at the events unfolding in Syria that have resulted in the deaths of several thousands of civilians and security force personnel.
"From the beginning of the crisis, we have called for cessation of violence in all its forms and by all sides. We condemn all violence irrespective of who its perpetrators are," he said.
He said India voted in favour of the resolution today to "facilitate a united action" by the Security Council in support of the efforts of the joint special envoy Annan.
India called on all council members to reconsider their approach and ensure that the mandate of the UN mission is extended and Annan's peace plan is supported so that the Syrian crisis is resolved without any further bloodshed.
"We remain committed to engage with fellow council members to this end," he said.
India also expressed condolences to the government and people of Syria on the terrorist attack in Damascus yesterday that caused the deaths of a number of high officials, including deputy prime minister and defence minister Dawood Rajha.
Puri said India strongly condemns "this mindless and cowardly act of terrorism."
It is a power game going on. India counts for nothing.
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Karan (pune) replies to scamnivas 18 hrs ago
HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT INDIA COUNTS FOR NOTHING?
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scamnivas replies to Karan
Because India is being ruled by a poodle !
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RAHUL SINGH (Allahabad) replies to scamnivas 17 hrs ago
Mr. Scamnivas, we indian request you to respect india if you are a indian and if not keep your mouth shut because people like you don't deserve to comment on our country. And for your kind information we are biggest democracy of the world and democracies are ruled by people only!
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scamnivas replies to RAHUL SINGH
Biggest democracy ! It is a joke. We have a PM who is nominated to the post with his legs and hands tied and mouth taped !
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pratap.madhavan (Palakkad) replies to scamnivas
Its True that we don't have the Veto Power in the council..But India does have its importance geographically and strategically, being the strongest nation in the sub-continent and a rising power in Asia competing China.That's why Russia,USA and other countries have been trying to woo India to be a trusted partner..
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Neighbour. (Karachi) replies to pratap.madhavan 18 hrs ago
India is super power. India dont need any support. India has Anna, Aamir khan, Sachin, item songs. Jai Hind.
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India (India) 18 hrs ago
Its a big boys game. Why is India jumping up and down?
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R. Sid (NRI) replies to India
As a nation India has its freedom of choice. India favoured the resolution, it did what it felt.
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SMA RAZVI (Erie PA USA)
I support India's action.
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Blue (USA) 18 hrs ago
This is the right thing to do.. The violence is disturbing.. and one should continue putting pressure on Assad to stop the violence from his side. but no outside country should determine who needs to be the leader of Syria.
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Naresh (Juhu mumbai)
Sad, dominating govts supporting dominance. pray for citizens.
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Now Russia and China are becoming too irresponsible. How much more deaths of people do they want before Syria gets its peace? Shame on them for misusing their veto powers in SC.
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deen (沙特利雅得) 18 hrs ago
present indian government big puppet to USA and WESTERN POWERS.future of asian countries are so sadness and so dangers.
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RAHUL (DHANBAD) replies to deen 17 hrs ago
India is not a culprit of anyone.Our country is just trying to just save the mass bloodshed & trying to solve the problem by negotiation. Ultimately it's not the self interest of anyone which matter's but thousand of lives will be saved.
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nikhil (IIT B) replies to deen 17 hrs ago
Atleast we r not a saudi slave...like you ;-)
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Sudip (Tonga) replies to deen
If you loose family members life will you think about who is puppet of whom? It is all about saving precious human lives which are continuously getting lost in violence and war.
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onceuponatime (India) replies to deen 18 hrs ago
If it opposes the sanctions then India is the puppet of Russia and China ?? Situation is getting out of control... Why can't there be an election in Syria ? As if you would accept a chief Minister in your state without you electing him... Stop being a hypocrite...
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Its definitely a long time the Security Council is restructured considering the present global scenarios..
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India is becoming an US Slave.
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nikk (IIT B) replies to Nazrul 17 hrs ago
this guy has gone nuts...he dont have a definition of ryt and wrong...possibly a pakistani :P
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OPE (India) replies to Nazrul 17 hrs ago
What do you want India to do ?Let people die in Syria ?? Was this the first step that India took ? Didn't India give enough time to Syrian President ? Why is it that the lives of Syrians is not important to you ? Imagine you were a Syrian and if you were coming under the Fire of Syrian Force, What you have asked India, to help or would have told India to let yo die ?
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mr.lastwish (unknown) replies to Nazrul
well at one point almost everyone is slave to someone more powerful..america is the most powerful nation...india cannot damage its current relations when it is obvious that till russia and china are there to veto..India can cool its heels.
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Conscience (Bangalore) 18 hrs ago
All this shows is that India thinks that the West - backed rebels will win eventually.
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mario (US) 18 hrs ago
who cares INDIA's opinion?????
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mr.lastwish (unknown) replies to mario
not even Indians.
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Jack (Norway) 18 hrs ago
Economic sanctions will not hurt the government. It will have a sever impact of syrian citizens.
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zuo zhang (Hong kong) 17 hrs ago
India is a slave of america, blindly following it's policies. I urge my indian brothers to change and follow china and russia instead. united we can take on usa
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Sapan Kapoor (Delhi, India) replies to zuo zhang
Brother, India is with Russia and China on most of the global issues but the situation in Syria is getting out of hand and the current regime has lost its credibility. India did the right thing by voting for the UN resolution, for we need to stand up for the common people of Syria.
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mayank (india) replies to Sapan Kapoor 16 hrs ago
india plz dont play with fire.......
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Sapan Kapoor (Delhi, India) replies to zuo zhang
Yes indeed we can but please don't use foul language against India. Ok?
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scamnivas (Madras) replies to zuo zhang
Wait for 50 years. We can take on the US by our selves.
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Amit RaajKumar (Mysore) 17 hrs ago
Syrian civil war is fueled and supported by Western allies like Saudi and UAE. The main goaLis to remove Syria as the ally of Russia and Iran. DEVIDE AND RULE. Eventual targets are Russia and China. Hence if Syria is toppled then next will be Iran and then Russia and then China. India is stupid by voting in favor. We all know who are true friends and who turn their coats at the time of choice. India should be extremely careful of the AngloSaxon nations like US, UK and their allies.
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Dhirendra Singh (Mumbai)
The UN estimates that more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria and tens of thousands displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 16 months ago. It means that Assad's regime is brutally murdering its civilians. Assad has no right to stay any more longer. Public of a nation comes first. If the mass do not want you then you must immediately step down from your post.
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Amrish Bhatt (surat)
Americans using 'donkey and carrot' treatment for India as far as UNSC permanent sit is concerned. Therefore, India unable to take bold steps like China and Russia. The same thing happened when sanction on Iran was voted.
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Deepa (Russia) 17 hrs ago
Assad should withdraw tanks and give armed fundamentalist fanatics free rein? Yes, Indian position is very logical.
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Ajanta (India) 16 hrs ago
India should always align with the civilized world (USA, UK and other western European countries and democratic nations) and not with some of the evil empires and rogue nations such as Russia and China. So, the decision to vote in favor was correct.
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I agree. It's like Russia and China are the only UN reps with any common sense at all. We need to stay out of their problems not start a new war which is what the UN really wants. Just look at what they did to Libya and Egypt. They first bombed the cities flat then turned the country over to the Muslim brotherhood and Al-Qaeda. Russia and China are not going to make the mistake of supporting something like that again.
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Joe (Delhi) 16 hrs ago
A few nations cannot have veto in the Security Council. That is totally unacceptable. The veto must be scrapped.
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hashim (Sultante of Oman)
India did well.
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my comment (azad) replies to hashim 15 hrs ago
can india also give freedom to kashmir cause... kashmir does not belong to india and we dont indians coming in our land..
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R. Sid (NRI) replies to my comment
A very sensible issue which is not talked often in India.
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rishiraj (Mumbai) replies to R. Sid
Kashir is not an issue if you consider it as a issue than only it became an issue
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Techie (delhi) 16 hrs ago
By this India's vote , India has put a question mark on the future of 59,000 Indians working in syria.. Let us see how many of them will be employed by Uncle sam and their cronies...
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Whether vetoing by China and Russia was right or wrong, India could have abstained from the voting just like Pak and SA. A day may come when the USA and western powers decide to order sanctions against India for its military operations against Kashmiri separatists, when the same China and Russia can be expected to veto the USA move just as they have done now in the case of Syria! India need not be so pro-American!
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Sapan Kapoor (Delhi, India) replies to samy1930
If India wants to be a great power, it will have to take a stand on imp issues rather than abstaining. Great power comes with great responsibility.
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manu (india) replies to samy1930 15 hrs ago
in present times there is higher possibility of china bringing a resolution against India as compared to US or EU.
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EV (India) replies to samy1930 15 hrs ago
So, do you want to say India should be pro Iran, pro China, pro Russia, pro North Korea, pro Venezuela, pro all other rogue nations?
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samy1930 replies to EV
Better be an independent rogue rather than a pro-American beggar! Wal Mart stooge!
Sarita (New Delhi) 15 hrs ago
Russia and China have a bitter taste in their mouth over Libya. One has to see why they are against the sanctions on Syria. Neither Russia, China nor the Nato has the Syrian interests but their own interests in mind. The Western powers have much to blame for the Ruassian and Chinese veto. In Libya Russians and Chinese interests were thrown to the dust after Gadhafi. These two powers have not forgotten that humiliation and don't want it to repeat. If in Libya the western powers had included the interetsts of Russia and China then now they could expect their suppport also. The Eastern powers do not trust the Western powers as much as the Western powers don not trust them. It is a game of chess while the people of Syria are being killed by their own government. Now the word 'Civil War' is being kicked around. This gives another reason for Russia and China. They would not like foreign powers to intervene if they have civil riots in their countries neither would India. Suppose if civil riots or civil war breaks out in Kashmir or any other parts, would India like the NATO, Russia or China to intervene?
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anandakrishnan (nagercoil(nw in USA)) 11 hrs ago
india follows USA in all the international issue.
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