U.S. ambassador to the United Nations announced on Thursday that Washington will continue its efforts outside the Security Council with regards to the crisis in Syria.
"We will continue our support to the people of Syria and if there is a window of opportunity for the Security Council to finally take up its responsibility we will be very interested in seeing that occur," said Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
President Barack Obama granted U.S. recognition on Tuesday to a Syrian opposition coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, a move aimed at ratcheting up pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to leave power.
France, Britain, Turkey and the Gulf states led the way last month in recognizing the opposition coalition. But Washington held off until now, demanding the groups, dogged by splits and rivalries throughout their battle to end the Assad family's long authoritarian rule, do more to coalesce into a unified front.