3 Feb 2012

UN waters down resolution on Syria

7:49 am on 3 February 2012

Diplomats at the United Nations Security Council have watered down a resolution on Syria in an apparent attempt to overcome Russian objections to an earlier draft based on an Arab League peace plan.

The new text, seen by the BBC, drops reference to a call for President Bashar al-Assad to hand over power.

However, it still fully supports what it calls the Arab League's decision to facilitate a political transition.

The Russians have argued that the Arab plan would impose regime change.

The revised draft also removes a paragraph calling on member states to act to prevent the flow of arms into Syria - another clause opposed by Russia.