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General Assembly adopted a resolution on the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic.

New York, May 15, 2013

 

The General Assembly adopted draft resolution A/67/L.63, entitled "The situation in the Syrian Arab Republic," which was included in item 33 of the agenda of the 67th session: "Prevention of armed conflict" . The text was adopted as resolution A/RES/67/262 with 107 votes in favor, 12 against and 59 abstentions. Colombia voted in favor of the resolution and explained his vote.

A/RES/67/262 is the fifth General Assembly resolution on the situation in Syria since 2011.

 

Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Néstor Osorio, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations.

 

Madam President,

Colombia voted in favor of this resolution as a sign of their strong commitment to finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict and its absolute rejection of all forms of violence affecting the country for 26 months. This resolution sets out actions that seek to address the serious humanitarian situation and put an end to violations and human rights abuses.

In accordance with the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, we believe that only through an inclusive political dialogue led by the Syrians themselves, where they take into account the legitimate aspirations of all sectors of the population, progress will be made towards a political transition to enable the establishment of a genuine democratic system in that country. This was the unequivocal position of Colombia during their participation in the Security Council in the last two years and from here we reiterate the call for political agreement and the cessation of armed hostilities.

While the National Coalition Forces of the Opposition Syrian Revolution and one of the partners is necessary for the achievement of political transition, Colombia considers that granting or determine the legitimacy of the Syrian people's representation is an attribution that falls exclusively on the citizens of that country. Not for the General Assembly to comment on the legitimacy of the representatives of the people, and in this sense we believe that the adoption of this resolution does not grant such recognition to any sector of the Syrian opposition.

They are unprecedented levels of violence and unacceptable repression since the beginning by the government of Mr. Assad against civilians demanding the free exercise of their fundamental rights.

It is necessary for the international community as a whole recognizes that military action can encourage, and in this sense Colombia considers that this resolution does not authorize or favors measures to supply weapons to the parties to the conflict.

Thank you, Madam President.