After the failure of the United Nations Security Council to act over Syria, the organisation’s General Assembly is attempting to get the same resolution adopted, although its decisions are not legally binding.
In New York the envoys were told the Russia, China veto had encouraged Syrian attacks.
UN Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay told the 193-nation body: “I am particularly appalled by the ongoing onslaught on Homs. Since February 3, in further escalation of its assault, the government has used tanks, mortars, rockets and artillery to pummel the city of Homs.”
A draft resolution similar to that vetoed by the Security Council will be put to the vote.
In the meantime the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered solidarity with the Arab League by backing its plan for Syria.
“ We will intensify our diplomatic pressure on the regime and its campaign of violence. We will strengthen out targeted sanctions, bring the international community together in condemnation of the actions of the Assad regime.”
With 300 people reportedly killed in Homs in 10 days of shelling, the Arab League is calling for a joint UN-Arab peacekeeping force to try to quell the violence.