Updated: August 29, 2013 6:32PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council’s permanent members are meeting for the second time in two days to discuss Syria’s crisis.
Envoys from the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China entered the meeting Thursday afternoon at U.N. headquarters.
A tension-filled meeting Wednesday ended with the council bitterly divided over a U.K.-proposed resolution to authorize the use of military force against Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds near Damascus.
Russia remains firmly opposed to such action, saying there is no evidence the Syrian regime was responsible for the attack, as the U.S. and its allies contend.
A Western diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were private, said Russia called Thursday’s meeting. Russia’s U.N. mission refused to comment.