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.