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New Syria Resolution: Better but Still Flawed

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It noted "announced commitments by the Syrian authorities to reform (but) lack of progress in implementation."

It "(r)eaffirm(ed) its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria, emphasizing its intention to resolve the current political crisis....peacefully, and nothing in this resolution authorizes measures under article 42 of the (UN) Charter."

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It states:

"Should the Security Council consider that measures" short of "armed force....inadequate or have proved to be inadequate, it may take such action by air, sea, or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security. Such action may include demonstrations, blockade, and other operations by air, sea, or land forces of Members of the United Nations."

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The resolution "demands that the Syrian government immediately put an end to all human rights violations and attacks against those exercising their rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, protect is population, fully comply with its (international law) obligations....and General Assembly resolution A/RES/66/176."

It included a laundry list against him alone. It ranged from killing civilians to disappearances, arbitrary detentions, preventing access to medical treatment, sexual violence, and ill-treatment, including against children. 

It sounds similar to false or exaggerated anti-Gaddafi charges throughout NATO's campaign against him. Assad's now target one before moving on to the next one.

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It "(c)ondemns all violence, irrespective of where it comes from (but not naming it), and in this regard demands that all parties in Syria, including armed groups, immediately stop all violence or reprisals, including attacks against State institutions, in accordance with the League of Arab States' initiative."

It calls for "all those responsible for human rights violations, including acts of violence, (be) held responsible."

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