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US envoy: UN failure to act on Syria is disgrace

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice says the U.N. Security Council's failure to take action to stop the conflict in Syria is "a moral and strategic disgrace that history will judge harshly."

   She said at her final news conference Tuesday before starting her new job as U.S. national security adviser on July 1 that the paralysis of the U.N.'s most important body is "a stain" on the council that she will regret forever -- even though she maintained that the U.S. and its allies were not responsible.

   Rice blamed three double vetoes by Russia and China of resolutions aimed at pressuring Syria's President Bashar Assad to end the violence, even though they didn't contain sanctions.

   She expressed hope that the Syrian people will ultimately be able to chart their own future.

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