UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A vote is set for Friday in the U.N. General Assembly on a resolution by Arab countries, telling Syria's Bashar Assad to step down and turn over power to a transitional government.
The resolution is only symbolic. And it demands that the Syrian army stop shelling and helicopter attacks.
The draft resolution also takes a swipe at Russia and China by "deploring the Security Council failure" to act.
Moscow and Beijing have used their veto in the smaller, more powerful Council three times to kill resolutions that could have opened the door to sanctions on Syria.
340-c-16-(Ross Simpson, AP correspondent)-"for Friday morning"-AP correspondent Ross Simpson push is coming to shove regarding Syria in the U.N. General Assembly, but a pending resolution has no teeth. (1 Aug 2012)
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341-c-10-(Ross Simpson, AP correspondent)-"the Security Council"-AP correspondent Ross Simpson reports the Friday vote is a way around Russia and China, who have been stymieing Security Council attempts aimed at getting Syria's president to resign. (1 Aug 2012)
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339-v-32-(Ross Simpson, AP correspondent)--The U.N. General Assembly votes Friday on a resolution asking Syria's president to relinquish power. AP correspondent Ross Simpson reports. (1 Aug 2012)
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