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.