Russia Will Veto UN Resolution On Syria

France’s proposal to have the International Criminal Court to launch an investigation against the Syrian regime and opposition’s crimes against humanity and possible war crimes Russia will shut down according to the Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin. The four-year conflict, which began after a series of brutal crackdowns against protesters by the Syrin regime, had so far claimed 160,000 lives, most of them civilians.

France called for a vote on Thursday, but Russia revealed that it will veto the 58-country supported proposal. Ambassador Churkin said that the proposal was only a “publicity stunt”, which could affect all parties, including those in Syria, very negatively.

However, French Ambassador Gerard Araud said that Churkin could not argue against the proposal. No political process will be undermined because no political process exists against the proposal.

Other UN Security Council members aside from Russia and China had voiced their concerns regarding the possible abuses Syrians are suffering. France circulated a video from a Syrian defector showing the abuses endured by captives on both sides of the conflict as well.

China had chosen to remain silent on the issue.

Russia had already vetoed multiple UN Security Council proposals. One of them was against military action in Syria. A diplomatic resolution to the crisis was still highly improbable.

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Oman’s Economy Grew Slowest in 2013

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimated in its World Economic Outlook that Oman’s economy in 2013 had dropped to a 2.8% growth in nominal terms in 2013. The IMF said that this is the slowest expansion the country had since 2009 as outputs from the oil industry had fallen behind.

In 2012, Oman’s economy had grown by 11.5%

According to observers, the slowing economy marks the challenges Oman’s government faces with regards to generating jobs for its growing population, which is now at 2.2 million. Despite progressing efficiently from 1970 as a modern economy, Oman’s deficits are caused by the lack of natural oil reserves.

The 1.4% drop in the oil sector, which accounts for 46% of Oman’s £75 billion economy, also played a great role in the slow growth of the economy.

Oman’s services sector is the largest contributor to the country’s GDP, but it had slowed down to 10.0 % from 15.1 % in 2012.

Analysts said that Oman’s real GDP growth should improve to 4.0% this year because of stable oil prices and the government’s investment on major profit-generating projects in the last two years.

The recent allegation of corruption and public protests that demanded jobs for its population had also hurt the reputation of the country. However, the country had also generated tens of thousands of new government jobs.

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