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Security Council Debates Resolution on Syria

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The Security Council is debating a draft proposal demanding Syria fully cooperate with a U.N. probe of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. In New York Friday, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said he was confident the resolution will be voted on at a ministerial-level meeting of the Security Council Monday. The draft, co-sponsored by Britain, France and the United States, strongly backs last week's U.N. investigative report implicating top Syrian officials in Mr. Hariri's murder. Several Security Council members, however, say they are opposed to the threat of sanctions contained in the resolution, including China and Russia, which each have veto power. Algeria, the only Arab member on the Security Council, says the resolution should only demand Syria's cooperation. Syria insists it has cooperated fully and faithfully with the U.N. probe, and will "continue" to do so.
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