UNITED NATIONS (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan has called on the U.N. Security Council to delay Wednesday afternoon's scheduled vote on a new resolution on Syria in a last-minute effort to get Western nations and Russia to reach agreement on its wording.
Council diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because discussions have been private, said a delay is virtually certain.
Britain's U.N. Mission tweeted that it is considering Annan's request along with cosponsors of the Western-backed draft resolution that threatens non-military sanctions against President Bashar Assad's government. It is tied to Chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter, which could eventually allow the use of force to end the conflict.
Russia, a close Syria ally, is adamantly opposed to sanctions and any use of force.