Russia, China vetoes 'historic': Syria president aide
Vetoes by Russia and China of a UN Security Council resolution against Syria marked a "historic day," President Bashar al-Assad's aide Bouthaina Shaaban told AFP on Wednesday.
"This is a historical day that Russia and China as nations are standing for the people and against injustices," Shaaban said after the veto of the resolution, which had called for "targeted measures" against Syria if Assad's regime pursued its deadly crackdown on protests.
"I think that all the Syrians are happy that now there are other powers in the world to stand against hegemony, against military interference in the affairs of countries and people," she said.
"I feel that the veto that Russia and China have used, of course with our thanks to Russia and China, is a veto that stands with the Syrian people and gives the time for us to enforce and enhance reforms," she said.
Shaaban said the council's decision not to threaten punitive action gave space for Damascus to to carry out promised reforms and "reach political pluralism without having to suffer, hopefully, from what Iraq had suffered or Libya suffers or Pakistan and Afghanistan has suffered."
"I feel that the future is Russia and China and the East," she said.
"That is the future and I am very happy with that, because we had enough of colonisation from the West."
© 2011 AFP