UN's Ban says hopes Security Council united on Syria

January 31, 2012 13:27

AMMAN - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday he hoped the Security Council would be united and reflect international will when it deliberates a draft resolution calling on Syrian President Bashar Assad to quit power.

"I sincerely hope the Security Council will be united and speak in a coherent manner reflecting the wishes of the international community," he told reporters in the Jordanian capital. "This is crucially important."

The Arab League, backed by the United States, France and Britain will ask the Council on Tuesday to adopt the resolution, which Russia - one of Syria's few allies - has objected to on the grounds it could pave the way for military intervention in Syria.

China, which like Russia has a veto in the council, also has reservations about the draft.

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