Diplomatic efforts are continuing today to end the Syrian crisis after the five permanent members of the Unite Nations Security Council met to discuss a possible UN security resolution. The five veto-wielding members of the Security
There are suggestions that efforts are taking place to arrange peace talks between President Bashar Assad's government and rebels battling against his regime. The five veto-wielding members of the Security Council are as follows:
The United States
All five representatives left Russia's UN mission without commenting.
The UN envoys for the five permanent members of the Security Council will meet in New York later today to discuss the Syria crisis, Reuters reports citing diplomatic sources.
The US, British, Chinese, French and Russian diplomats are expected to discuss a French draft resolution that would give the Syrian government an ultimatum to give up its chemical arsenal or face punitive measures, a text that Russia has said is unacceptable.
Today, is of course, a very sensitive day for Americans. September 11, the 12th anniversary of the attacks on New York and Washington and now they have to ponder the wisdom of intervention in Syria.
I think people are still taking stock of that Obama's speech overnight and will have listened to the moral outrage that the President spoke about and that will have indeed have resonated.
Particularly, if they do, as the President urged look at those CIA verifed videos which were released and that show the harrowing images of people dying in the suburbs of Damacus on 21 August.
I suspect at the end of the day, it may not have changed many people's minds. Opinion polls continue to show very strong opposition to intervention and assuming that diplomacy fails as does seem so likely, then of course it becomes once more about the President's and the nation's credibility.
Will President Obama act, can he act without support of the American people or without the authorisation of Congress? That central question even after last night's speech remains entirely unresolved.
Tense negotiations have begun on a proposed UN resolution that would put Syria's chemical weapons under international control, a French official has said.
But the plan for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons, initiated by Russia, could hit a stumbling block, as Moscow rejected US and French demands for a binding UN resolution with "very severe consequences" for non-compliance.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Russia objected not only to making the resolution militarily enforceable, but also to blaming the 21 August attack on the Syrian government and demanding that those responsible be taken before an international criminal court.