UN Security Council to meet on Syria massacre

Diplomats say the U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Sunday afternoon to discuss the recent massacre in the Syrian town of Houla that left more than 90 people dead.

The diplomats say Britain and France had proposed issuing a press statement condemning the Houla massacre, but Russia told council members it could not agree and wanted a briefing first by the general heading the U.N. observer mission in Syria.

The diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, say the briefing by Maj. Gen. Robert Mood was being arranged. Russia called for a council meeting to begin at 2:30 p.m. (1830 GMT).

The U.N. and others have issued statements appearing to hold the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad responsible. The Syrian government has denied responsibility for the Houla killings.