UNITED NATIONS - Europe and the United States heaped
criticism on Syria at the United Nations on Thursday after failing to persuade
Russia to support condemning Damascus for its crackdown on anti-government
The occasion was the renewal of the mandate for a UN
observer force in Syria's Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, where Israel accuses
the Syrian government of orchestrating deadly confrontations between Palestinian
protesters and Israeli troops on May 15 and June 5.
As expected, a
resolution renewing the mandate for another six months until the end of this
year received unanimous support from all 15 council members.