Deadlocked UNSC ministers to discuss Syria aid

August 30, 2012 08:27


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UNITED NATIONS - A meeting of UN Security Council foreign ministers on Thursday will focus on easing Syria's humanitarian crisis, but the absence of the top US, Russian and Chinese diplomats will likely highlight the body's paralysis over how to end the 17-month conflict.

As Syria spirals deeper into a civil war, the 15-member council is deadlocked over taking strong action after Russia and China blocked three Western-backed resolutions that criticized Syrian President Bashar Assad and threatened sanctions.

France, which is council president for August, hoped the body could unite to deal with the aid crisis and convened Thursday's meeting, which will also be attended by ministers from Syria's neighbors Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan.

But less than half the council members are sending ministers, and of the permanent members -- the United States, China, Russia, Britain and France -- only French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and his British counterpart, William Hague, will attend.

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