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Russia votes against UNHRC resolution placing all blame on Syrian government

July 01, 2016, 21:42 UTC+3 GENEVA

China, Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and Algeria also voted against the resolution

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GENEVA, July 1. /TASS/. Russia has voted against a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on Syria which blames this country’s authorities for the ongoing crisis.

The Russian delegation drew attention to the tenacious unwillingness of the document’s initiators to admit that the ongoing mass atrocities, murders and tortures in Syria are rooted in "the activities of jihadists." "They are not only Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra [both outlawed in Russia as terrorist organizations] but also a whole spectrum of less known but no less criminal illegal armed groups," Alexey Goltyayev, a member of the Russian delegation, said at the 32nd session of the United Nations Security Council on Friday.

He expressed regret that the initiators of the resolution "do not reckon with this objective reality." "With tenacity worthy of better uses, they are seeking to commit to paper in a Council resolution the interpretation of the developments which places all the blame for the ongoing crisis in Syria on the authorities of that country," the Russian diplomat said.

He noted that the document overlooks such serious aspects of the human rights situation in Syria as adverse impacts of unilateral economic sanctions, looting in territories that are not controlled by the government and shipping of the plundered properties abroad, and ongoing support to terrorists and extremists from abroad. "Despite the fact that the Council has been adopting resolutions on Syria at its each session in the past five years, we see no positive effect of this initiative," Goltyayev said. "It in no way promotes peace settlement of the situation and undermines the fragile political process currently underway with the mediation of the United Nations and the International Syria Support Group."

The resolution won support from 27 countries, including member countries of the European Union, as well as Georgia, Mongolia and the majority of Arab countries. Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and Algeria voted against. Fourteen countries, including Kyrgyzstan, India, Vietnam and South Africa, abstained.

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