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SANTO DOMINGO - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that the UN Security Council failed its duty by not passing a resolution on Syria and said Russia and China would have to explain their vetoes to the Syrian people.
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"We believe the Security Council abrogated its responsibility yesterday," Clinton told reporters, saying the measure vetoed by Russia and China represented the "bare minimum" of what the international community should do in response to the bloody crackdown by Syrian President Bashar Assad.
"The countries that chose to veto the resolution will have to offer
their own explanations to the Syrian people, and to all others who are
fighting for freedom and human rights around the world," Clinton said in
the Dominican Republic, where she was on an official visit.
Russia and China, which with the United States are veto-wielding
permanent members of the Security Council, on Monday blocked a
European-drafted resolution urging Syria to halt its six-month crackdown
on pro-democracy protesters.
The vote came after months of disagreement between the United States and
European council members on the one hand and Russia, China, Brazil,
India and South Africa on the other about how to deal with Syria, where
the United Nations estimates that at least 2,700 civilians have died
since the crackdown began in March.
"The United States and our European allies have made very clear where we
stand on this issue," Clinton said, adding what appeared to be a veiled
reference to past Russian and Chinese weapons sales to the Assad
"Those countries that continue to send weapons to the Assad regime that
are turned against innocent men, women and even children, should look
hard at what they are doing," Clinton said.
"Those nations are standing on the wrong side of history. They are
protecting the wrong side in this dispute. And the Syrian people are not
likely to forget that, and nor should they."