UN Diplomats Consider Revised Syria Text

Published February 2, 2012 4:54PM (EST)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Security Council ambassadors are considering a revised resolution aimed at stopping the bloodshed in Syria that removes an explicit reference to President Bashar Assad stepping aside.

The latest draft, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, still expresses support for the Arab League's Jan. 22 peace plan for Syria. The plan calls for Assad to delegate his authority to his deputy.

But in an apparent effort to overcome Russian objections, the new version of the resolution no longer includes the explicit reference to Assad delegating his powers.

It also removes the explicit call for a new national unity government and for transparent, free elections.

The ambassadors were discussing the latest version behind closed doors Thursday afternoon.

By Salon Staff

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