Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 02/16/2012

U.N. Syrian resolution: Which countries voted no?

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continues a bloody crackdown on his country, the United Nations voted overwhelmingly for a resolution condemning the Syrian government and supporting a plan calling for Assad’s removal from power.

Of the 193-member world body, 137 countries voted for the resolution. Seventeen countries abstained from the vote. Twelve countries voted no.


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Though the resolution is not legally binding, it is seen as a strong international condemnation of the 11-month crisis in Syria. The United Nations says that about 5,400 Syrians have died in the clashes between government forces and protesters.

As soon as the overwhelming majority came back in support of the resolution, the question turned to: Which 12 countries voted no?

Here’s the list:

Bolivia

Belarus

Cuba

China

Ecuador

Iran

Nicaragua

North Korea

Russia

Syria

Venezuela

Zimbabwe

It’s striking to note that aside from Syria and Iran, no other Middle East country voted no. Two, however, did abstain: Lebanon and Algeria. The other 15 countries that abstained:

Angola

Armenia

Fiji

Cameroon

Comoros

Myanmar

Namibia

Nepal

Sri Lanka

St. Vincent

Suriname

Tanzania

Tuvalu

Uganda

Vietnam


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