12/13/2011

Most Syrians abstained from voting in elections Monday as Navi Pillay, the United Nations human rights commissioner, told the Security Council that 300 children were among the at least 5,000 killed since popular protests began in March, resulting further in the arrests of 14,000, and the flight of 12,400 to neighboring countries. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov -- who, with China, has blocked draft resolutions condemning the Syrian violence -- accused Western powers of being "immoral" for refusing "to exert pressure on the armed, extremist part of the opposition and at the same time [accusing] us of blocking the work of the Security Council."

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