As Syria spirals deeper into civil war, UN Security Council foreign ministers will meet today to discuss the humanitarian crisis, particularly the plight of refugees.
But fewer than half the council’s members are sending ministers, highlighting the body’s divisions and paralysis over how to end the 17 month conflict.
More than 200,000 people have poured out of Syria.
As many as three million are displaced.
President Assad has dismissed talk of a buffer zone on the border, rejecting Ankara’s calls for uprooted Syrians to be protected inside their own country. Turkey has seen the biggest influx of refugees.
Former UN-Arab League mediator Kofi Annan blamed the Security Council impasse for hampering his peace efforts, leading to his decision to quit. His replacement, Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi, will attend today’s meeting but will not brief the council and no major breakthroughs are expected.