Fierce clashes across Syria killed 59 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said
People hold portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as they show their support at a rally outside the Syrian Embassy in Moscow. Fresh bloodshed swept Syria as the West and Arab League kept up their push for quick UN action to stop the regime's "killing machine," but holdout Russia vowed to veto any "unacceptable" proposal. © Natalia Kolesnikova - AFP
Fierce clashes across Syria killed 59 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said
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Last updated: February 3, 2012

Deaths mount as Russia resists UN drive on Syria

UN diplomats said Thursday they had come up with a new draft resolution condemning deadly violence in Syria that would now be sent back to their respective governments for further deliberations.

The new text emerged after hours of talks stalled in the UN Security Council. It was not immediately known how the draft resolution differed from previous versions.

"Everyone will seek instructions from their capitals and we hope to be able to vote as soon as possible," Britain's UN ambassador, Mark Lyall Grant, said.

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the decision to send a draft back to governments "does not prejudge in any way" whether or not approval was likely.

The US ambassador, Susan Rice, also played down expectations, saying: "We are still not there."

"There are still some complicated issues that our capitals will have to deliberate on and provide us with instructions," she said.

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