'The council is deeply divided'

Lakhdar Brahimi, newly appointed joint special representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, will be attending an Aug. 30 meeting for the conflict-afflicted country but will not be addressing the U.N. Security Council. Photo by: JC McIlwaine / U.N. Photo

Apart from new humanitarian aid for Syrians, Western diplomats think there will be no other actions that may come out of today’s U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria.

“It’s deeply frustrating obviously that we can’t do more,” a Western diplomat who was not identified told Reuters.

Foreign ministers from Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq are set to attend the meeting Thursday (Aug. 30) in France. But only a few representatives from U.N. Security Council member countries will be present. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for instance, will not be there, according to Reuters.

The absence of many diplomats depicts growing frustrations at the council, where no resolution has been arrived on to date. And it doesn’t bode well for newly appointed Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, who will officially start his mission Sept. 1.

Brahimi will be at the meeting, but will not address the council. Instead, the council will be hearing from U.N. Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and ministers from Turkey and Jordan, Reuters reports.

Brahimi will remain on “listening mode,” his spokesman Ahmad Fawqi said.

The safe haven Turkey suggested and plans to raise at the meeting doesn’t seem to have a lot of chances as well. “The council is deeply divided,” Reuters quotes Gérard Araud, France’s permanent representative to the United Nations.

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