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UN Security Council postpones vote on Syria

07-19-2012 04:15 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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The United Nations Security Council has postponed a vote on the new Syria draft resolution. International envoy Kofi Annan has requested the delay due to differences between the draft texts submitted by Russia and Britain on resolving the Syria crisis.

The key stumbling block is that Russia says it will veto any Chapter 7 resolution. Security Council diplomats say there's still a possibility of last-minute negotiations.

But Britain, the US, France, Germany and Portugal have said they're tied to Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.

Russia says in its draft resolution that it welcomes the Final Communique adopted at the Action Group for Syria ministerial meeting in Geneva on June 30th.

European allies say they welcome the National Compact and Joint Political Vision for the Features of the Transitional Phase as approved by the Syrian Opposition Conference.

The conference was held under the auspices of the League of Arab States in Cairo on July 3rd. The third major difference between the draft texts relates to the UN observers' mission.

Russia is in favour of extending the mandate for a period of three months, while Europe favours a draft resolution extending the mission by just 45 days.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: CNTV.CN

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