US said it is prepared to work with Russia on a draft resolution it proposed to the UN Security Council on the crisis in Syria
The United States has said it is prepared to work with Russia on a draft resolution it proposed to the UN Security Council on the crisis in Syria, Russian RIA Novosti website reported.
The draft demands that “all parties in Syria immediately stop any violence irrespective of where it comes from,” but does not call for sanctions.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the proposal presented a “seeming parity between the government and peaceful protesters,” but that the U.S. was going to “study the draft carefully.”
“There are some issues in it that we would not be able to support. There's unfortunately a seeming parity between the government and peaceful protesters,” she said. “But we are going to study the draft carefully. It will have to be shared with the Arab League, which has taken the lead on the response to what's going on in Syria.”
France’s envoy to the UN Gerard Araud criticized the draft saying it was unbalanced and needed “a lot of amendments.”
The move came after army deserters killed 27 security forces members in and around the city of Deraa on Thursday.
Assad blames the seven-month unrest on armed gangs.
Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the draft, which toughens Moscow’s previous text, received a “constructive reaction” in the Security Council.