UN Syria vote planned, unclear if Russia will veto

October 4, 2011 02:31

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council tentatively plans to vote on Tuesday on a European-drafted resolution that threatens Syria with possible punitive steps, but it remains unclear if Russia will veto it, envoys said.

The 15-nation council is scheduled to hold a vote on the draft resolution on Tuesday at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT), council diplomats said on Monday on condition of anonymity.

"It's not clear what the Russians plan to do," a Western diplomat told Reuters. "I guess we'll find out tomorrow."

Another diplomat suggested that Moscow was under some moral pressure not to stand in the way of a condemnation of Syrian President Bashar Assad's half-year clampdown on demonstrators against his government that the United Nations says has killed at least 2,700 civilians.

"I'd hope that six months of protests and no sign of an end to violence against largely peaceful protesters means they won't block trying an incrementally more proactive approach," the diplomat said.

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