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    U.N. Assembly Condemns Sec. Council

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    The United Nation’s General Assembly is ramping up pressure on itself to end the Syrian crisis. The group voted Friday 133 votes to 12 with 31 abstentions to condemn its own Security Council for its failure to stop the violent conflict in Syria. The vote comes the day after the UN’s special envoy to Syria Kofi Annan quit his post, a seeming internal acknowledgment of the failure of his six-point peace plan. Speaking at the General Assembly session in New York, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said the Syrian conflict has escalated into a “proxy war,” encouraging the powers to end the violence.

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