The UN General Assembly on 15 May 2013 adopted a resolution (non-binding in nature) calling for a political transition in Syria and condemning President Bashar al-Assad Government for its increasing use of heavy weapons. A majority of 107 states voted to adopt the resolution. There were 12 votes against and 59 abstentions.
Russia was fiercely opposed to the resolution, termed it as unbalanced and inadequate to address adequately atrocities allegedly committed by rebel groups.The resolution was drafted by Arab states who have supported the rebels.
The resolution asked for immediate financial support to neighbouring countries, which are hosting 1.5 million refugees.The UN resolution on Syria highlighted the dire situation of the 4.25 million internally displaced people.