US, UK, France drop the threat of sanctions
The three pro-sanctions nations surprised the world by removing any mention of sanctions in the UN resolution against Syria today.
They were expected to push for a resolution threatening sanctions if Syria did not 'fully co-operate' with Mehlis. Russia and China were expected to abstain, allowing the resolution to pass, but not giving their support to it.
But at the last minute, the reference was changed to 'further action if necessary'. it is clear that the Russian, Chinese and Algerian negotiators had an important part to play in getting that through.
The last minute change does, however, allow the big three to claim that the 'international community' is behind them.