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Jason DeCrow, Associated Press
Syrian representative Bashar Ja'afari listens during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council at United Nations headquarters Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. During the meeting, Russia and China vetoed a Security Council resolution backing an Arab League peace plan that calls for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down. The unusual weekend session comes as Syrian forces pummel the city of Homs with mortars and artillery in what activists are calling one of the bloodiest episodes of the uprising.

BEIRUT — A Syrian state-run newspaper has welcomed the Russian and Chinese veto of a U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at stopping Damascus' crackdown on the country's uprising.

The Sunday article in Tishreen daily says that authorities will continue their efforts to bring back stability to the country.

The double-veto outraged the U.S. and European council members who feared it would embolden the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Tishreen also described the Saturday veto as an incentive for Damascus to continue with announced political reforms, which include drafting a new constitution and new parliamentary elections.

The crackdown on the nearly 11-month uprising has left more than 5,400 people dead, according to the U.N.