The UN Security Council on Wednesday (July 18th) postponed a vote on a Syria resolution following a request from UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Kofi Annan, AFP reported.
If approved, the resolution would extend the mandate of the UN monitoring mission in Syria and require that the Syrian military pull heavy weapons out of cities within 10 days or face sanctions.
"We will be voting [Thursday] morning," said Britain's United Nations Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the bombing that killed three top Syrian security officials Wednesday showed the need for a UN resolution to end the crisis.
"It is clear that the situation is deteriorating rapidly," Hague said during a visit to Lithuania, calling on "members of the UN Security Council […] to put their weight behind the enforcement of joint special envoy Kofi Annan's plan to end the violence".
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the Security Council to unite and take action on the "very serious" situation in Syria.
Also on Wednesday, Arab diplomats agreed to hold emergency talks on Sunday in Doha, according to Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi.
Al-Arabi said the meeting will "examine the consequences of the situation in Syria from all angles".