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Syria Conflict: U.N. General Assembly Condemns Assad Regime With Overwhelming Majority

A hand is shown on a video screen, pushing a button to vote on a Saudi Arabian-sponsored draft resolution against Syria at th
A hand is shown on a video screen, pushing a button to vote on a Saudi Arabian-sponsored draft resolution against Syria at the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. The resolution denounced Syria for unleashing military action against it's own people, and demand that the Assad regime keep its chemical and biological weapons warehoused and under strict control but stopped short of calling for Assad to step down. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 3 (Reuters) - The U.N. General Assembly on Friday overwhelmingly voted to condemn the Syrian government and demanded a political transition in Syria, where 17 months of fighting between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and opposition fighters.

The 193-nation assembly approved the Saudi-drafted non-binding resolution, which expressed "grave concern" at the escalation of violence in Syria, with 133 votes in favor, 12 against and 31 abstentions.

The resolution also had the assembly "deploring the failure of the Security Council to agree on measures to ensure the compliance of Syrian authorities with its decisions."