UN crafts new draft on Syria resolution
UNITED NATIONS: UN diplomats said Thursday they had come up with a
new draft resolution condemning a bloody crackdown on dissent in Syria
that would now be sent back to their governments for deliberations.
The latest attempt at consensus emerged after hours of talks stalled
in the United Nations Security Council, amid opposition spearheaded by
Russia to a tough draft resolution authored by Western powers and the
It was not immediately known how the latest draft resolution differed
from previous versions, or what chances it had of approval and being
sent back to the 15-member Council for a vote.
“Everyone will seek instructions from their capitals and we hope to
be able to vote as soon as possible,” Britain's UN ambassador, Mark
Lyall Grant, said.
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the decision to send a draft
back to governments “does not prejudge in any way” whether or not
approval is likely.
The US ambassador, Susan Rice, also played down expectations, saying:
“We are still not there.” “There are still some complicated issues that
our capitals will have to deliberate on and provide us with
instructions,” she said.
The development came after negotiations had appeared to become bogged
Shortly before, a full Council meeting broke up, with diplomats
saying they had been unable to overcome Russian concerns over how to
respond to the Syrian government crackdown, in which observers say some
6,000 people have died.
The meeting was “not so good,” India's UN ambassador Hardeep Singh