The UN Security Council began negotiating a pair of draft resolutions Thursday (July 12th) that could impose new sanctions on Syria and revive the suspended UN monitoring mission, AFP reported.
Western nations submitted a draft resolution Wednesday calling for Syria to respect a new deadline to implement a ceasefire plan sponsored by Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, which was introduced in April but has been violated by both the government and opposition forces.
The resolution allows for non-military sanctions to be applied if the government does not withdraw troops and heavy weapons from population centres within 10 days of the Security Council vote on the draft. The vote must be held before July 20th, the day the mandate of the UN monitoring mission is scheduled to expire.
This draft resolution, if approved by the Security Council, would renew the mission's mandate for 45 days, and call on the mission to take on more political duties.
The second draft resolution being discussed, submitted by Russia, excludes any call for sanctions.
Russia will veto the "unacceptable" draft resolution submitted by Western powers if the draft is brought to a vote, Gennady Gatilov, Russia's deputy foreign minister told the Interfax news agency Thursday.