Arabs To Seek UN General Assembly Action On Syria

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Arab nations say they will go to the U.N. General Assembly and seek approval of a new resolution on Syria.

General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon arrives for a meeting with the members of the Bosnian tri-partite Presidency during his visit to Sarajevo, Bosnia, Wednesday, July 25, 2012. The Secretary-General is on a regional tour of southeastern Europe.  Read more: http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Arabs-to-seek-UN-General-Assembly-action-on-Syria-3734394.php#ixzz21ghtRK1P

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Arab nations say they will go to the U.N. General Assembly and seek approval of a new resolution on Syria.

They are calling for a political transition and establishment of a democratic government in Syria after the Security Council's failure to address the crisis.

Saudi Arabia's Ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi and Qatari diplomat Abdulrahman Al-Hamadi announced Arab plans to seek action by the 193-member world body, where there are no vetoes, during a Security Council debate on the Middle East on Wednesday.

Last week, Russia and China vetoed a Security Council resolution aimed at pressuring the Syrian government to halt the violence by threatening sanctions.

Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari accused the Saudis and Qataris of interfering militarily, financially and politically in Syria and "conspiring" against international envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan.