US Blames Russia, China For Annan`s Resignation

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Date  3 Aug 2012

The United States on Thursday blamed China and Russia for Kofi Annan's decision to quit as the UN peace envoy for Syria. Both Russia and China continued refuse backing UN resolutions aimed at punishing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for his regime's brutal suppression of dissent.

"His resignation highlights the failure in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) of Russia and China to support meaningful resolutions against Assad that would have held Assad accountable for his failure to abide by the Annan plan," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on board Air Force One on Thursday.

Carney noted that vetoes of previous UN resolutions on Syria by China and Russia "were highly regrettable and placed both Russia and China on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of the Syrian people."

Russia and China had used their veto powers at the UNSC last month to block a West-backed resolution that would have threatened the Syrian regime with sanctions if it failed to implement Annan's plan. It was the third time in nine months that the two nations vetoed resolutions on Syria.

Carney said Thursday that the Syrian regime is continuing to "brutally murder" its own people despite promising to abide by Annan's six point peace plan earlier, which included a ceasefire and permitting a UN observer mission to operate in the unrest-hit Middle East nation.

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