US seeks to allay Russia concerns on UN plan on Syria

By REUTERS
January 31, 2012 06:36

WASHINGTON - The United States is seeking to overcome Russian objections to a proposed UN resolution against Syrian President Bashar Assad by allaying concerns it could open the door to a Libya-style military intervention in Syria, a senior US official said on Monday.

Washington hopes to convince Moscow not to stand in the way of the Arab League's initiative, to be presented to the Security Council in New York on Tuesday, calling for Assad to transfer power to help resolve a bloody, 10-month-old crisis in Syria.

It remained unclear whether Russia, one of Syria's few allies, would cast a veto or abstain when a vote on the European-Arab-drafted resolution is taken as early as this week.

Russia has accused the United States and other NATO countries of distorting a March 2011 council resolution on Libya to launch a bombing campaign that helped rebels topple the government of Muammar Gaddafi last year.


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