UN Diplomats Quarrel on Syria as Russia Resists Proposal to End Conflict [View all]
By Flavia Krause-Jackson - Feb 3, 2012 12:01 PM ET
Three days of negotiations on Syria at the United Nations Security Council failed to persuade veto- wielding Russia to back an Arab League plan to end the bloodshed in the Middle East nation.
“This is not done,” U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice told reporters yesterday in New York. “There are some still- complicated issues that our capitals will have to deliberate on and provide each of us with instructions.”
Almost a year after the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began, the UN is debating how to stop a conflict that it says has killed more than 5,400 people and is evolving into a civil war. At stake is how much support to give the Arab League, which imposed economic sanctions on the regime and has called on Assad to step aside.
Today’s death toll in Syria rose to 14, Al Arabiya television said. Yesterday, security forces fired at protesters and killed at least 17 people, the activist group General Committee of the Syrian Revolution reported on its website.