Delegates vote during the United Nations General Assembly meeting on Syria on August 3, 2012.
A senior Iranian lawmaker says the recent United Nations General Assembly resolution against Syria is intended to set the stage for a Western military intervention in the Arab country.
“This resolution shows that the West has not abandoned [efforts to topple the Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad and, in line with this, it is trying to eventually attack this country by creating a global consensus and helping the terrorists deployed in Syria,” Ahmad Bakhshayesh told ISNA News Agency on Monday.
“The adoption of this resolution will legitimize the US military intervention [in Syria],” Bakhshayesh, who is a member of the Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, added.
The General Assembly passed the non-binding resolution on Friday condemning what it called the Syrian government’s use of "heavy weapons" and its failure to withdraw troops from towns.
The resolution, which was drawn up by Saudi Arabia, also demanded all parties in Syria stop all forms of violence but it did not call for President Bashar al-Assad to quit.
Russia, a vocal critic of West’s approach to the Syria unrest, slammed the resolution, saying the unbalanced document supports the armed groups.
By pushing for the adoption of the UN resolution, the US wants to give the impression that except for Russia, China, and Iran the entire world is with the US and against Syria, Bakhshayesh said.
He added, “This resolution will escalate the insecurity, fighting, and tensions, in Syria.”