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Can the UN General Assembly's resolution influence the outcome of the conflict in Syria?

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syria-rebel-tank-cp-1495-480.jpgSyrian rebel fighters celebrate on top of a tank captured from the Syrian government forces at a checkpoint in the village of Anadan, about five kilometres northwest of Aleppo, on Monday, after a 10-hour battle. (Junot Diaz/AFP/Getty Images)

After Kofi Annan announced he's stepping down from what some have called an impossible task, can the United Nations' General Assembly do more with a non-binding resolution?

The General Assembly is set to vote on a resolution that denounces the Syrian regime for its violent actions against its citizens and criticizes its own Security Council for failing to help the situation.

The draft resolution comes a day after Annan, the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, announced he would be stepping down from his position at the end of August.

Annan, who had previously developed a six-point plan to try to deal with the conflict, also took aim at the Security Council, saying there continues to be "finger-pointing and name-calling" there at a time when Syrians need action.

The 193-member assembly is expected to easily pass the resolution, which demands that Syrian regime stop its shelling and helicopter attacks and subtly criticizes Russia and China by "deploring the Security Council failure" to act.

But two key provisions were removed to ensure support - a demand that Syrian President Basha al-Assad resign, and call for sanctions by other countries against Syria during its civil war.

Today's vote at the UN General Assembly is non-binding, unlike votes at the Security Council. But unlike the Council, nobody has the power to veto the resolution.

Several readers have already voiced their skepticism that the General Assembly's resolution will have any effect on the conflict in Syria. Some pointed the finger at the veto power held by the permanent members of the Security Council.

  • "No country should have a veto right. I mean if you give four countries veto rights how are you supposed to ever come to an agreement on anything? I can sort of see the justification for having the major powers permanently on the Security Council, but if they each have a veto they will use it just to jab at each other like they do now." - Porteous
  • "All the resolutions, tersely worded statements or sanctions won't stop the rebels or the military from killing each other. Neither side wants peace. Both sides want victory." - Tax Me...I'm Canadian
  • "The UN is a bloated, hugely expensive, impotent organization which is totally irrelevant in today's world." - fontainerocks

Will the General Assembly's resolution have an effect on the conflict in Syria? Will it have any effect on the Security Council's future actions? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

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