Daily Israel Report

Security Council Still Can't Agree on Syria

United Nations Security Council meeting ends after less than an hour as the its permanent members continue to disagree on Syria.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/30/2013, 2:14 AM

UN Security Council
UN Security Council
AFP photo

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday once again agreed to disagree about Syria and how to respond to last week’s chemical attack near Damascus, according to the Associated Press.

Less than an hour was all it took for the Security Council’s permanent members to end a meeting with no sign of progress on an agreement over Syria’s crisis and with the ambassadors of China, France, Britain, Russia and the United States steadily walking out.

It was the second time in two days that the five Security Council powers came out of a meeting on Syria with no progress.

On Wednesday, the five countries met to discuss a resolution proposed by Britain to authorize the use of military force against Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds near Damascus.

Russia remains firmly opposed to such action, saying there is no evidence the Syrian regime was responsible for the attack, as the U.S. and its allies contend.

A strong ally of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Russia has already vetoed several Security Council resolutions condemning his regime.

British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant looked grim as he walk past reporters Thursday, saying “no comment.” The other ambassadors also did not speak to reporters.

A Western diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were private, told AP that Russia called Thursday’s meeting. Russia’s UN mission refused to comment.