Failed UN resolution on Syria eyed regime change: SAfrica
The failed UN Security Council resolution on Syria had a "hidden agenda" to bring down President Bashar al-Assad's government, South Africa said Thursday, justifying its abstention on the vote.
"We were concerned that this resolution should not be part of a hidden agenda to yet again institute regime change," South Africa's foreign affairs department said in a statement.
Western countries who drafted the resolution intended "punitive measures" against Syria which could destabilise neighbouring countries in the Middle East, the statement added.
"We have seen that recently Security Council resolutions have been abused and their implementation went far beyond the mandate of what was intended," it said.
South Africa has joined Russia, China and others in accusing NATO of having abused the UN resolutions on Libya to launch air strikes this year.
Russia and China on Tuesday vetoed a European-backed draft resolution that would have threatened possible action against President Bashar al-Assad. Non-permanent members South Africa, Brazil, India, and Lebanon abstained.
The country condemned the violence that has killed more than 2,700 people in the past seven months, and called on Syria's government to launch talks with its people to end the violence.
© 2011 AFP