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UN vote on Syria delayed until Thursday
UN Security Council delays vote on new Syria resolution until Thursday to try to agree on text
By The Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) The U.N. Security Council has delayed a vote on a new Syria resolution until Thursday in a last-minute effort to get key Western nations and Russia to reach agreement on measures to end the dramatically escalating violence.

International envoy Kofi Annan urged the council to delay Wednesday's scheduled vote after a bombing in the heart of Syria's capital killed the defense minister and his deputy, the brother-in-law of President Bashar Assad.

Ambassadors from the five veto-wielding permanent council nations the U.S., Russia, China, Britain and France met behind closed doors late Wednesday morning to discuss Annan's request.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin later told reporters: "A possible vote has been postponed until tomorrow morning

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