The United Nations general assembly voted 122 to 13 on Friday to demand an immediate cessation of hostilities in Syria, humanitarian aid access throughout the country and an end to all sieges, including in Aleppo. Thirty-Six countries abstained in the vote on the Canadian-drafted resolution on the nearly six-year-old Syrian conflict. General assembly resolutions are non-binding but can carry political weight. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power told the General Assembly before the vote this is a vote to stand up and tell Russia and Assad to stop the carnage. The U.N. Resolution asks the U.N. Secretary General to report in 45 days on the implementation of the resolution and with recommendations on ways and means to protect civilians. Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin also slammed unilateral sanctions imposed on Syria.

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