(NEW YORK) -- The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution urging political transition in Syria, and demanding the lockdown of its chemical weapons.
“The first step in the cessation of violence,” the resolution says, “has to be made by the Syrian authorities.”
But two key provisions of the original draft were removed: there is no calling for the fall of the Assad regime, and no suggestion of punishment if “political transition” is not achieved or those weapons are not secured. China and Russia, two of Syria's allies, were against these provisions, and had vetoed three resolutions in the past, Voice of America reports.
For good measure, the resolution condemns the U.N.’s own Security Council's failure to end the violence in Syria violence.
The measure passed by 133 votes.
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