France asks UN Security Council to refer Syrian war to International Criminal Court

France is asking the U.N. Security Council to refer Syria's civil war to the International Criminal Court in for investigation of possible crimes against humanity and war crimes.

A proposed resolution circulated to council members condemns the widespread violation of human rights and international humanitarian law by Syrian authorities, pro-government militias and "non-state armed groups" since March 2011, and calls for referral to the Netherlands-based tribunal.

The draft, obtained Monday by The Associated Press, notes statements by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that crimes against humanity and war crimes are likely to have been committed during the conflict.

Several diplomats say Russia, Syria's closest ally and a permanent council member, is likely to veto the resolution. The diplomats were speaking on condition of anonymity because the council has not yet discussed the draft.