France to detail UN Security Council plan for Syria

August 1, 2012 19:45

PARIS - France said as it took over the month-long rotating chair of the UN Security Council on Wednesday it will shortly outline its plans for a new push by the body to solve a diplomatic impasse over the worsening conflict.

The French government has already said it will call by the end of this week for an urgent meeting of the United Nations' Council, likely at ministerial level, following calls from President Francois Hollande for swift action.

France's ability to break the deadlock may be limited however, as China and Russia block Western efforts to step up sanctions against President Bashar Assad, but also because much of the French establishment is taking a summer vacation.

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