UNITED NATIONS - Britain, France, Germany and Portugal are asking the UN Security Council to condemn Syria's violent crackdown against protesters and urge restraint by the government, council diplomats said on Monday.
But it was unclear whether Russia and China would support the idea. The two permanent veto-wielding council members have become increasingly critical of the UN-backed intervention to protect civilians in Libya, which UN diplomats say Moscow and Beijing worry aims at ousting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
"We would like council members to condemn the violence in Syria and to urge restraint," a diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
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