Security Council tries again on Syria resolution

AP , Wednesday 28 Sep 2011

Divisions remain stark in the UN Security Council's talks on Syria as Russia rejects European calls to impose further sanctions

The UN Security Council is trying again to reach agreement on a resolution condemning the violence in Syria, but members remain deeply divided over sanctions against President Bashar Assad's regime.

The Europeans and Russians have revised their rival texts which the council is expected to discuss Wednesday afternoon.

The Europeans dropped an initial call for an arms embargo and other sanctions aimed at stopping the Syrian government's ongoing crackdown on opposition protesters. Their new draft threatens to impose targeted sanctions if the government doesn't comply with demands to immediately end all violence and allow Syrians to freely express themselves and peacefully assemble.

The revised Russian draft does not mention sanctions and Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin rejected the European draft.

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