Syria Mediator Wants UN Resolution Based on Geneva Deal
Lakhdar Brahimi, the international mediator on Syria called for world powers in Cairo on Sunday to issue a UN Security Council resolution based on a deal they reached in June to set up a transitional government in a bid to end the bloodshed.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed the need for a resolution speaking at the same Cairo news conference.

The comments arrive in Cairo, where Russia's top diplomat met with Arab League head Nabil Elaraby and joint UN-Arab League mediator on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi as part of another round of talks aimed at solving the ongoing Syrian civil war.

Russia and China, both permanent council members, have vetoed three Western-backed UN draft resolutions condemning President Bashar al-Assad's government for the violence. The other three permanent members are the United States, Britain and France.

Peaceful protests began in Syria in March 2011 but turned into an armed revolt after Assad turned his military on the demonstrators. About 32,000 people have been killed since then.

The Geneva Declaration was agreed in June 30 when Kofi Annan was still international mediator. It called for a transitional administration but did not specify what role, if any, Russia's ally Assad would have.

Various shots from meeting

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