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UN Security Council failed to move on Syria: US

world Updated: Jul 18, 2013 12:08 IST
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The United Nations Security Council has failed to move on Syria and prevent killing of innocent peoples, White House has said and held countries like Russia and China responsible for this.

"The United Nations Security Council's failure to pass resolutions that we strongly supported and that were denied or vetoed by Russia and China, it is extremely unfortunate," said Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary.

"We have made our views and our disappointment over that well-known, it is extremely unfortunate," he added.

"We continue to work with the United Nations, with our Security Council partners and with our allies and partners in the region, and specifically with the Syrian opposition, to move closer to the day when the Syrian people can enjoy a future that is free of the appalling violence that their putative leader has inflicted upon them," he added.

"The President shares Samantha Power's views on the extreme disappointment that we all felt at the Security Council's failure to move on Syria, to act on Syria," he said.

He was referring to questions on the statement on Syria made by Samantha Power, US Ambassador nominee to United Nations in which she said that the UN's response to Syria's civil war is a disgrace and that history will judge harshly.

Carney added that the US is focused on doing everything with partners and allies, to assist the Syrian opposition, to isolate the Bashar al-Assad regime.

"Our focus is on ramping up our aid to the Syrian opposition, working with our allies and partners and the Syrian opposition, to strengthen the opposition in its resistance to Assad and to push forward toward negotiated settlement that leads to the transition away from Assad that is essential for Syria's future," Carney said.

"We will increase assistance to the Syrian military council" he said.

"I'm not going to get into a detailed accounting of the forms of that assistance except to say that it's our view that it ought to be, in accordance with the President's policy, increased because of the brutality inflicted upon the Syrian people and the opposition directly by the Assad regime with the assistance notably of Hezbollah and Iran," he said.