Big powers struggle to agree on U.N. resolution as new Syria talks begin

December 18, 2015 6:42 AM

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Big powers struggle to agree on U.N. resolution as new Syria talks begin

UNITED NATIONS The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council were struggling to agree on a draft resolution endorsing an international bid to end the five-year civil war in Syria, as ministerial talks began in New York on Friday.

Western powers had hoped the council would rubber-stamp a resolution endorsing a two-year road map for talks between Syria's government and opposition on a unity government, expected to begin in January, and eventual elections.

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