U.S. Proposes New Syria Resolution

The United States is proposing a new Security Council resolution demanding an end to violence in Syria, first by government forces and then by opposition fighters.

Anti-government protesters attend the funeral of Hatam Halabi, whom protesters said was killed during clashes with government troops in earlier protests against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Marat al-Numan near the northern province of Idlib February 29, 2012. Picture taken Feb 29, 2012.

The United States is proposing a new Security Council resolution demanding an end to violence in Syria, first by government forces and then by opposition fighters.

Diplomats said the draft resolution, obtained by the Associated Press, would be discussed behind closed doors Tuesday by the five permanent council members — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain and France — and Morocco, the Arab representative on the council.

Russia and China have vetoed two council resolutions saying they were unbalanced and only demanded that the government stop attacks, not the opposition.

The U.S. draft also condemns the continuing human rights violations by President Bashar Assad's government.