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Russia drafts new Syria resolution

Russia has circulated a draft resolution to the UN Security Council that would extend the UN observer force in Syria but focus its activities on trying to achieve a political solution to the conflict.

The mandate for the 300-strong monitoring mission expires on July 20.

The council diplomat said that the Russian draft incorporates recommendations from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to redeploy the mission from the field to the capital Damascus and focus on promoting a political dialogue.

But the diplomat said the Russian draft needs to be combined with pressure on the parties to end the violence and a more comprehensive approach to address the complex Syrian situation.

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