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The five permanent members of the U.N. discuss Syria.

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The five permanent members of the U.N. discuss Syria.

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council met to negotiate a draft of a resolution that would hold Syria to its pledge of identifying all chemical weapons in their government’s possession yesterday, according to The New York Times.

Several diplomats, who declined to be identified, told The New York Times that several differences arose, which is causing conflict over the draft.

The diplomats also said that Russia, one of Syria’s most important allies, was resisting parts of the draft created by the three permanent Western members, Britain, France and the United States.

The parts of the draft that the Russian members were resisting include a discussion of the threat to use force to ensure that the Syrian government will cooperate.

Other parts of the draft include condemning the Syrian government for using chemical weapons, and the question of whether or not suspected users should be reported for war crimes to the International Criminal Court.

According to the diplomats, the ongoing discussions are not likely to produce a clear resolution anytime soon.

It is also unclear when a complete draft will be ready for a vote.