Syria condemns UNHRC resolution as "politically motivated," faces new AL sanctions   2011-12-04 15:50:54 FeedbackPrintRSS

Earlier on Friday, the UNHRC adopted a new resolution condemning human rights violations by the Syrian authorities to crack down on anti-government protesters.

According to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, 4,000 people have died since the unrest broke out in the country in March. She warned that there might be a civil war in Syria.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry dismissed the resolution as "politically motivated," and "prepared in advance by parties hostile to Syria," according to a statement reported by the state-run news agency SANA.

In a speech during the UNHRC special session, Syrian envoy Fayssal al-Hamwi criticized the council as being the pawn of those countries that seek to use it to escalate the crisis in Syria.

"It was clear since the beginning of the crisis in Syria that some of the countries sponsoring such futile sessions are ignoring all the work being done by the Syrian government, as well as ignoring the acts of armed terrorist groups," he said.

A Syrian Foreign Ministry official Saturday also slammed the resolution as "outrageous" and politicized by parties that aim to incite terrorism.

The resolution was characterized by blatant politicization by pre-designed circuits that targeted Syria for its resistance against foreign intervention and its opposition to Zionist and Western projects in the Arab region, the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Deeply concerned about the instability in Syria, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Washington is running out of patience with al-Assad, who is threatening to "fan the flames" of sectarian conflict not only in Syria but beyond.

He made this remark while meeting Turkish President Abdullah Gul in Ankara Friday. The U.S. vice president also said al-Assad and his regime are "the source of instability in Syria."

Biden said the main objective is to get the Syrian regime to stop killing civilians and urged the president to resign.

"Syria's stability is important. That is exactly why we are insisting on change -- it is the current situation that is unstable," he said, calling for a peaceful transition in Syria and broader global sanctions over the crackdown.

Editor: Xiong Tong

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