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Cameron blames Russia and China for the suffering of Syria’s children

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When giving a speech during the UN General Assembly, British PM David Cameron called world leaders to do everything to stop Bashar al-Assad’s ‘reign of terror’ in Syria. He said that ‘a future for Syria – is a future without Assad.’

In his speech, Cameron presented results from the latest report of the Save the Children charity organization. Based on the data, it appears that many Syrian schools have been turned into torture centres, and children are used as target practice, BBC writes.

‘The blood of these young children is a terrible stain on the reputation of this United Nations. And in particular, a stain on those who have failed to stand up to these atrocities and in some cases aided and abetted Assad’s reign of terror,’- Cameron said.

According to a BBC correspondent, the British PM primarily meant Russia. Although he did not say it openly, his remarks pointed towards Russia and China. He tried to increase the pressure on the Russian government with his speech and finally drag the UN Security Council out of its state of paralysis.

However, Russia vetoes any resolution that provides for long-term sanctions against Syria, because it fears this measure could lead to a foreign intervention, the correspondent adds.

Cameron also criticized the inability of the UN Security Council to develop a unified position on the Syrian crisis, and especially mentioned the countries that ‘have failed to stand up to these atrocities and in some cases aided and abetted Assad’s reign of terror.’

The five constant members of the UN Security Council, each having the right of veto, still cannot develop a united position on the Syrian issue. According to UN estimates, around 27 000 people have died in Syria in the past 18 months. France, Britain and USA are calling for stricter sanctions against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, while Russia and China are against such measures.

The British PM is not the only Western leader to express disappointment on the current position of Russia and China in regard to the Syrian crisis. However, Cameron’s speech significantly exceeded the level of criticisms expressed by the leaders of USA and France, BBC notes.

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