The United States, France and Britain predicted that the UN Security Council will adopt a tough resolution demanding Syria's cooperation in the investigation into the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister. But Russia and Algeria oppose the threat of sanctions.
US Ambassador John Bolton said Friday he expects the resolution to be put to a vote at a ministerial meeting of the Security Council on Monday. Foreign ministers from 13 of the 15 council nations are expected to attend, Bolton said.
The draft resolution - co-sponsored by the United States, France and Britain - strongly backs a report by the UN investigating commission which implicated top Syrian and Lebanese security officials in the assassination of Rafik Hariri and accused Syria of not cooperating fully with the probe.