U.N. condemns Assad regime

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The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution backing an Arab League plan that calls for Syria's president to step down and strongly condemns the human rights violations committed there, the Irish Examiner reported.

The resolution passed by 137-12 with 17 abstentions, reported the Irish Examiner. Russia, China, and Iran were among those who voted against it, Euronews reported.

Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told USA Today that Russia voted against the resolution because it was unbalanced, as it looked only at the crimes Assad's regime has committed and not at those committed by the dissenters.

The resolution itself condemns "all violence, irrespective of where it comes from, and calls upon all parties in Syria, including armed groups, to immediately stop all violence or reprisals," USA Today quoted.

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