European push for UN condemnation of Syria fails

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 said.
"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.