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UN diplomat: Russia tables rival Syria resolution

UNITED NATIONS - Russia presented a rival UN resolution on the humanitarian crisis in Syria to key Security Council members after saying they would veto a Western and Arab-backed measure threatening sanctions against Syria, a UN diplomat said late Wednesday.

 

Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin gave the text to the four other veto-wielding permanent members of the council - the United States, Britain, France and China - at a meeting, the diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private. The Russian draft includes some parts of the Western and Arab text, the diplomat said.

 

Negotiations were expected to see if the drafts can be merged into a compromise text, the diplomat said. (AP)