The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council were not able to reach an agreement on Wednesday on the resolution proposed by Britain that would give authorization to use military force against the Syrian government. The head of the U.N. pleaded for time for more diplomacy.
It is widely thought that China and Russia would veto the draft resolution if it came to a vote. The two countries have blocked previous attempts to impose sanction on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Late on Wednesday, the British mission to the U.N. announced that no decision was made about moving ahead with the resolution.
After an agreement was not reached by the council, Marie Harf, a deputy spokesperson from the U.S. State Department told the press in Washington that the White House does not see any avenue forward due to past opposition from Russia on Syria.
Britain sent forth on Wednesday the proposal as momentum was building amongst allies from the West for a strike against Syria. Officials in the U.S., including Vice President Joseph Biden have said that the government in Syria clearly used chemical weapons last week outside Damascus.
However, U.S. officials have not to date presented any concrete proof, while the inspectors from the U.N. currently inside Syria have not endorsed any of the U.S. allegations.
The envoy from the U.N. to Syria said on Wednesday that there is evidence suggesting some type of substance was used in the killing of hundreds on August 21.
Reports said that the Security Council’s five permanent members met behind closed doors in an informal meeting to review the resolution presented by the UK.
Sources said that after just an hour the representatives from China and Russia left, while the members from France, the UK and the U.S. remained for another hour more.
In the meeting, Russia apparently reiterated its objections to any international intervention in the crisis in Syria.