UN condemns Assad’s forces

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday condemned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces and praised the opposition Syrian National Coalition, but support for the Gulf Arab-drafted declaration was less than a similar text received last year.

While the non-binding text has no legal force, resolutions adopted by the 193-nation assembly can carry significant moral and political weight. The vote result - 107 in favor, 12 against and 59 abstentions - contrasted sharply with that of a resolution that passed last year with 133 in favor.

The head of the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, Mouaz al-Khatib. Credit: AP

U.N. diplomats said the decline in support for Wednesday's resolution showed growing unease about Syria's fractious rebel groups fighting Assad's forces in the two-year civil war. - Reuters