The UNSC's Sanctions Committee 1267 made the declaration after China, which had blocked the proposal four times earlier, lifted its "technical hold" amidst intense pressure from the Security Council's other permanent members like the US, the UK and France.
US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the UN Security Council that “the Assad regime has tried to avoid accountability by obstructing independent investigations and undermining the role and work of the OPCW,” the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Activists demanding the restoration of the elected government of veteran democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi held more demonstrations in several towns and cities on Friday, with a crowd of thousands marching peacefully through the second city of Mandalay.
It also welcomed the Libyan parliament's approval of a new unified government on Wednesday, which is set to lead the oil-rich country to December elections after a decade of conflict following the removal of dictator Moamer Qadhafi.
“The current divisions in the international community need to be bridged,” Geir Pedersen, the UN special envoy for Syria, told journalists earlier in the day following a Security Council videoconference.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, called Myanmar "a friendly neighbour" on Tuesday and expressed hope that all parties "will properly handle their differences under the constitutional and legal framework and maintain political and social stability.”
Syria asked the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to hold an urgent meeting on the US decision to recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory.
The UN Security Council travels to Mali and Burkina Faso this week for an up-close look at the worrisome Sahel region, where an extremist insurgency is showing no signs of weakening and is driving mass displacement.
Estonia, Niger, Tunisia, Vietnam and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were elected to the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Friday as the top UN body struggles to agree on how to confront global conflicts.