Russia and China on Wednesday vetoed a draft United Nations Security Council resolution that would have threatened Syria with new sanctions. India was among 11 countries voting for it.
The resolution would have given the Assad government 10 days to withdraw its forces from populated areas. Else, though not specified, the sanctions would have included asset freezes and international travel restrictions on Syrian officials.
The rejected resolution had recommended putting special envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan in Chapter 7 of UN charter, which allows the council to authorise actions ranging from diplomatic and economic sanctions to military intervention.
“It is regrettable that the Council has not been able to adopt the resolution today and send a joint message,” said India’s permanent representative Hardeep Singh Puri.
India had supported the resolution because it wanted to facilitate “united action” in support of Annan’s peace plan.