Russia UN envoy criticizes US draft on Syria observers

UNITED NATIONS - Russia's UN envoy on Friday criticized a US-drafted Security Council resolution authorizing an advance team of UN observers to monitor Syria's fragile ceasefire and suggested it may take time to agree on a text.
UN diplomats say Syrian ally Russia supports UN-Arab League mediator Kofi Annan's peace efforts but is working hard to shield Damascus from what it fears is a Western push for Libya-style "regime change." Russia and China have vetoed two resolutions condemning President Bashar Assad's 13-month assault on anti-government protesters.
Council envoys later on Friday planned to discuss a revised version of the US draft, which calls for initial deployment of up to 30 unarmed observers to Syria. The latest draft, obtained by Reuters, highlights language Russia dislikes.
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