Britain, France counter Syria call for UN to sanction Nusra

By REUTERS
May 15, 2013 03:31


UNITED NATIONS - Britain and France have delayed a Syrian request for Islamist al-Nusra Front to be designated by the United Nations as a terrorist group because they want the militants to instead be listed as an alias of al-Qaida, diplomats said on Tuesday.

The UN Security Council's al Qaida sanctions committee is due to discuss the counter-proposal by Britain and France for listing Nusra later this week, said council diplomats, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The issue is procedural as either way Nusra would still be listed on the al Qaida sanctions list and be subject to the same arms embargo, travel bans and asset freeze. All 15-members of the sanctions committee must agree for Nusra to be listed.


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