Finding Resolution On Syria Proving Difficult For International Community

News outlets report that Russia is denouncing a U.N. humanitarian resolution on Syria and peace talks between the government and opposition forces have stalled.

The Hill’s “Global Affairs”: Russia ‘starving civilians’ in Syria, Obama says
“President Obama said Tuesday that Russia was complicit in starving civilians in Syria in blunt comments designed to pressure the Kremlin to stop blocking U.N. action. The comments come after Russia and China skipped a Security Council meeting on a draft resolution that would force Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime and the opposition to allow humanitarian access to besieged parts of the country. The world body is expected to bring the resolution up again Tuesday…” (Pecquet, 2/11).

Reuters: Russia says will veto Syria aid resolution in current form
“Russia said on Wednesday it would veto a U.N. resolution on humanitarian aid access in Syria in its current form, denouncing the draft as an effort to lay a foundation for military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Moscow had already dismissed the Western-Arab draft debated in the Security Council on Tuesday as a non-starter, but a senior diplomat’s unequivocal condemnation indicated Russia would seek major changes before dropping its opposition…” (Gutterman, 2/12).

Reuters: Syria peace talks make little progress, says envoy
“Peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition are not making much progress, the international mediator said on Tuesday after a face-to-face meeting of the warring parties in Geneva that both sides called fruitless…” (Holmes/Oweis, 2/11).

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