France and other Western countries have to submit their draft UN resolution condemning violence in Syria despite the threat of a Russian veto, announced Monday in Washington, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, cited by European media.
“We’ll see what the Russians will do. If they veto, they will take their responsibility. Maybe if they see that there are 11 votes in favour of the resolution, they will change their mind. So there is a risk to take and we’re ready to take it.”
“We think, all together, that now we must go ahead and circulate this draft resolution in the Security Council” said Mr. Juppe.
The draft resolution was drafted by France, Great Britain, Germany and Portugal. The document condemns the violence of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and urged him to open the Syrian cities of humanitarian teams.
On 18 May, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia would not support any resolution of the Security Council of UN on Syria, arguing that the western coalition did not meet the Council’s decisions regarding Libya.