July 19th, 2012
05:49 AM ET

U.N. Security Council to vote on new resolution as clashes rage in Syria

Syrian rebels clashed with government forces in the capital Thursday as the United Nations Security Council prepared to vote on a new resolution aimed at ending the escalating violence in the nation.

International envoy Kofi Annan requested the delay of the vote to Thursday.

He underscored the need for a decisive joint action on the vote to help end the bloodshed that has raged in Syria for nearly 17 months.

Western countries are pushing for a resolution that threatens sanctions against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad if government forces don't stop attacks.

However, Russia has opposed any international effort that would blame, punish or change the leadership of the Syrian government. Russia and China have vetoed two previous draft resolutions in the U.N. Security Council, leading to accusations that Russia is protecting the Syrian regime.


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  1. james ainoris

    The U.N security council is short on members since they have lost alot of them lately who were evil tyrant leaders of banna republics and these middle eastern countries in turmoil (libaya et al) Pop Quiz. "what is the only country recognized by the goofy U.N. that is not allowed on security council. This country has been under constant attack and is surround by enemies... it protects all people living in its borders and is the only country to save
    christian women and children from sudan and moslem druize,ethiopians in significant number? ( hint not vatican city) ISRAEL....! ms amanpour should do a special on all the good things we do!

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