UN veto on Syria 'sad day for human rights'

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UN veto on Syria 'sad day for human rights'

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While Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be relieved following the result of a UN security council vote, there has been outrage across Europe and in the US.

Russia and China vetoed a European-drafted resolution against Syria.

This amid a violent crackdown which began six months ago against pro-democracy protesters.

The UN says at least 2,700 protesters have been killed so far.

Western governments are angry about the veto, saying that a security council resolution is long overdue.

The German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, said: “From our point of view, it is a truly sad day for international law and for human rights that the United Nations Security Council was unable to approve a resolution to condemn the repressions in Syria.”

The government crackdown has resulted in thousands of refugees attempting to flee across the border to Turkey.

Among them is a Syrian army Colonel who has defected to the pro-democracy movement.