The Western and Arab member countries of the UN Security Council will insist on Friday on implementing sanctions against Syria in an effort to launch a new offensive, despite Russia´s strong opposition.
The world body will hold a private session on Friday to discuss a draft resolution sponsored by the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany and Morocco to back the measures proposed by the Arab League against the Syrian government.
According to some sources, the document requests the resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and supports the imposition of sanctions on that country, one of the main issues rejected by Moscow.
The Security Council will also debate another draft resolution presented by Russia last month and strongly blocked by the 15-member Western body.
On Friday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Guennadi Gatilov reaffirmed in Moscow the Kremlin´s opposition to any text establishing the possibility of a military intervention in Syria and the implementation of sanctions against Damascus.
Friday´s discussion will pave the way for the presentation, by AL Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi, on the work carried out in Syria by the mission of observers.