Arab League Chief: Russian And Chinese Veto Of Syrian Resolution Is ‘Unacceptable’

Russia and China lost diplomatic credit in the Arab world following their “unacceptable” veto on Saturday of a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria said Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby. The vetoed resolution backed an Arab initiative calling for Syrian President Bashar Al Assad to step aside but Elaraby acknowledged that the Arab League would still work with Moscow and Beijing “because we need them.” Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov will present an initiative to Assad when he visits Damascus on Tuesday but Elaraby declined to offer details of the plan. The U.N. reports that the 11 month Syrian uprising has taken more than 5,000 lives.