UNITED NATIONS - A European push for the UN Security
Council to condemn Syria's violent crackdown on anti-government protesters was
blocked on Wednesday by resistance from Russia, China and Lebanon, envoys
"There will be no statement," a Security Council diplomat told
Reuters on condition of anonymity.
Instead, Western countries called a
public debate on Syria, but the meeting highlighted differences in the 15-nation
council, with Russia charging that it was outside interference in Arab countries
that could be a threat to peace.