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Syria ambassador says UN estimate of 5000 dead “not objective”

 A woman casts her vote in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Syria's state media has reported that voting started in scheduled municipal electio...

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A woman casts her vote in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Syria's state media has reported that voting started in scheduled municipal electio...

Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations refuted the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay’s estimate that 5,000 people have been killed in the 9-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, calling Pillay “unfair” and “not objective”.

The Syrian ambassador at the UN, Bashar Jaafari, said Pillay had “allowed herself to be misused in misleading the public opinion by providing information based on allegations collected from 233 defectors.”

“How could defectors give positive testimonies on the Syrian government? Of course they will give negative testimonies against the Syrian government,” Jaafari said.

Jaafari had accused the US and the EU of “waging a media, political and diplomatic war against Syria” and “encouraging armed groups to engage in violence” after the UN Human Rights Council approved a censure resolution last month.

Navi Pillay briefed the Security Council in New York and urged that Assad’s security forces be referred to the International Criminal Court.

Russia and China have vetoed the UN resolution on Syria and opposed to tougher sanctions on Assad’s regime in Security Council.

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said he was troubled by the report but said outside intervention could lead to civil war and a far higher death toll, according to the Reuters.

The Arab League foreign ministers will discuss Syria in a Dec 17 meeting at its Cairo headquarters, Egypt’s state-run Middle East News Agency reported, citing an unidentified diplomat.

Amid the violence, the government is holding elections Monday for local administration representatives, a move that is considered as a showcase of Syria’s new democracy.

President Bashar al-Assad signed the new law in August with the aim of meeting opposition demands but his reforms have been rebuffed as “too little, too late” and the opposition insists on his ouster.

The official Syrian news agency, SANA, reported that voters flocked to the polls while opposition activists said the turn-out was low and residents were forced to the polling stations in some areas.


Updated : 2021-05-11 23:14 GMT+08:00