Wednesday, 11 July 2012 23:04
UNITED NATIONS: Western powers on the UN Security Council are poised to present a draft resolution on Syria seeking to increase pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, envoys said Wednesday.
The United States, Britain and France were waiting to hear a briefing from UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan later in the day before putting their proposals to the 15-nation council.
The mandate of the UN mission in Syria, UNSMIS, ends on July 20 and Russia, Assad's main international ally, has already circulated a draft resolution which simply rolls over the mission.
Annan spoke to council envoys by videoconference from Geneva on Wednesday about his latest efforts to secure a halt to the violence in Syria which activists say has left more than 17,000 dead.
Annan was to give the council details of his latest encounter in Damascus with Assad on Monday.
A meeting of international foreign ministers in Geneva last week agreed there must be a ...