BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gennady Kuzmin ripped apart on Friday the Saudi Arabian resolution accusing Syria of human rights violations.
During the UN General Assembly Third Committee meeting on Friday, the Russian delegate said the resolution was nothing more than an attempt to settle a score with the Syrian government.
“It is just a mechanism for geopolitical score-settling,” Kuzmin said about the resolution.
“We have spoken out more than once against attempts to transform the Third Committee into a body rubber-stamping the nations’ politicized resolutions with the only aim of mount pressure on the government of one of the UN member states,” he said.
He slammed the resolution on human rights in Syria as a vivid example of this practice.
“Each year, its content is becoming more and more detached from reality,” Kuzmin stated. “This document has turned into a poisonous concentrate of all ideas and initiatives which Damascus’ opponents failed to ‘push through’ at other platforms.”
Syria’s Ambassador to UN Bashar Al-Jaafari pointed out that Saudi Arabia, which authored the resolution, had breached requirements for drafting these documents.
“While it was drafted, no public meetings were held, since most of the discussions on the resolution were behind closed doors at the Saudi mission,” he said.
Ja’afari also pointed out that Saudi Arabia has a long track record of human rights violations, citing recent events in Yemen and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.