Report: UN Syria draft unacceptable, Russia says

January 27, 2012 11:42

MOSCOW - A senior Russian diplomat said on Friday that a Western-Arab draft UN Security Council resolution on Syria is unacceptable because it does not take Moscow's position into account, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov's remarks were the latest sign that Russia will push hard for changes in the draft, which supports the Arab League's call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to transfer his powers to his deputy.

The UN draft, which was expected to be distributed to the Security Council later on Friday, contains "no fundamental consideration for our position" and is missing "key aspects that are fundamental to us," Itar-Tass quoted Gatilov as saying.

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