UN assembly expected to approve Syria resolution

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Posted: May 15, 2013 3:07 AM
UN assembly expected to approve Syria resolution

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats say the U.N. General Assembly is expected to approve an Arab-backed resolution calling for a political transition in Syria and strongly condemning President Bashar Assad's regime for escalating the use of heavy weapons.

But the diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because consultations have been private, said the resolution will not have as much support as the assembly's previous resolution on Syria last August.

The 193-member world body is scheduled to vote Wednesday morning on the resolution, which also condemns Syria's "gross violations" of human rights, assembly spokesman Nikola Jovanovic said Tuesday.

Russia has urged U.N. members to vote "no," and Argentina asked Qatar, the lead sponsor, to water down language welcoming the establishment of the Syrian National Coalition, the main opposition group, which it refused to change.