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UN diplomats fail to reach agreement on Syria

world Updated: Feb 04, 2012 00:17 IST

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Diplomats have failed to reach agreement on a UN resolution aimed at ending the bloodshed in Syria, leaving discussions in limbo pending consultations with their home governments.

Envoys said on Thursday that yet another text is being drawn up for them to send to their capitals for consideration.

British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told reporters after the session that the new version will be put to a vote “as soon as possible,” but it was unclear when talks might restart, or when the council might vote.

Diplomats speaking on condition of anonymity because the talks were private said that the sticking point continued to be language that western envoys interpret as support for an Arab League peace plan calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to relinquish power, while Russia has said it will reject any resolution that can be interpreted as calling for regime change.

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin did not address spec­ifics after the session, telling reporters: “The end result is that we do have a text which we are going to report to our capitals, and we will see what the outcome will be”.