The United Nations voted to back an Arab League plan calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, strongly condemning his regime's violations of human rights.
The U.N. General Assembly approved the plan in a 137-12 vote, with 17 abstentions.
The resolution makes five demands on the Syrian government:
1. That the Syrian government stop all violence
2. Release all those detained during the unrest
3. Withdraw all armed forces from cities and towns,
4. Guarantee peaceful demonstrations,
5. Allow unhindered access for Arab League monitors and international media.
Russia and China voted against the resolution, as did North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba and others who heeded Syria's appeal to vote "no."
"Today, the U.N. General Assembly sent a clear message to the people of Syria: the world is with you," U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said in a statement.
President Assad "has never been more isolated. A rapid transition to democracy in Syria has garnered the resounding support of the international community. Change must now come," the statement concluded.
Saudi U.N. Ambassador Abdallah Y. Al-Mouallimi called it "a victory for the Syrian people," the U.N., and the Arab League.
"It is a message that the international community is sending loud and clear, that the struggle of the Syrian people is not unheard and is not unresponded to," he said,
He said it reaffirms that the Security Council's failure to adopt a resolution on Syria earlier this month "does not reflect the will and the desire of the international community."