Russia submits UN resolution condemning Syrian violence

Russia vetoed an October UN resolution denouncing the violence.

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AFP – Russia on Thursday surprised the Western powers by proposing a Security Council resolution on the Syria crisis as international fears over the crisis grew, diplomats said.

As a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad, Russia has tried to head off Security Council intervention in the Syria crisis. With China, it vetoed a council resolution proposed by European nations in October condemning Assad’s crackdown on protests which the UN says has left 5,000 dead.

Russia called emergency talks of the 15 nation body on Syria however to propose the new resolution which western diplomats said they did not find acceptable but could be negotiated on.

The Russian resolution strongly condemns the violence by “all parties, including disproportionate use of force by Syrian authorities,” according to a copy obtained by AFP.

The draft also raises concern over “the illegal supply of weapons to the armed groups in Syria.”

“At the moment, from our point of view, it is unbalanced. We have no firm evidence of any arms trafficking,” one Western diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“We would be opposed to anything which puts the opposition violence on the same level as that of the government,” another council diplomat said. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because talks on the resolution are confidential.

Russian diplomats did not immediately comment on the resolution or its contents.