The U.N. Security Council held a closed-door meeting Tuesday to discuss the military coup in Myanmar but failed to agree on a collective response after China and Russia requested more time to assess the matter, according to a diplomatic source.
The council will continue negotiations towards establishing a unified front, including the possibility of issuing a statement, according to the source.
Britain, the chair of the online council meeting, hoped to issue a statement to the media condemning the coup and calling for the release of detained Myanmar leaders. Such statements require unanimous agreement between the 15-member council.
During the meeting, the special envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, condemned the actions by the military and called for the international community to come together, according to the United Nations.
The positions of the five permanent members of the Security Council are divided along traditional lines seen in previous international disputes, with the United States, Britain and France slamming the coup as a reversal of Myanmar's democratization, while China and Russia are distancing themselves from the matter.
After Myanmar's military seized power Monday and detained the country's leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other government leaders, the United States and some European countries denounced the coup and called for their release.
Myanmar's military-backed party governed from 2011 to 2016 with former Gen. Thein Sein as president.