UNITED NATIONS, March 1st (KUNA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is
scheduled to report to the General Assembly orally tomorrow Friday on whether
Syria has implemented the resolution it adopted two weeks ago, UN spokesman
Martin Nesirky told the daily press briefing on Thursday.
The Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a resolution on February 16 "strongly
condemning" human rights violations by the Syrian authorities against
civilians, demanding, among other things, an end to the violence, and calling
for accountability and for support to the Arab League decision last month to
resolve the current political crisis in Syria peacefully through a Syrian-led
transition to a democratic political system.
Ban's oral report is expected to be negative, diplomats said, because
Damascus has not implemented any of its demands.
The Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report on the
implementation of that resolution, in consultation with the League, within 15
days of its adoption, which coincides tomorrow.
The Assembly acted after the Security Council failed twice to adopt similar
resolutions last October and February, because of Russian and Chinese vetoes.
The diplomats said they would have preferred that Ban's report be in
writing, not oral, so that it can be referred to as an official document in
future UN resolutions. (end)
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