UNITED NATIONS: - The United States on Thursday submitted a draft resolution in the UN Security Council proposing an arms embargo on Zimbabwe and a freeze of assets and ban on travels of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his associates. Diplomats said the draft was being studied by legal experts of the 15-nation council and a vote could be expected next week. Speaking to reporters after a closed-door of the council, US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said the crisis in Zimbabwe has challenged the council's ability to command respect of democracy and free and fair elections. "There is a crisis of legitimacy that has continued, and this crisis not only impacted the people of Zimbabwe and the region, but also the credibility of the council. "We want to respond to the situation in a way that would encourage a response to the situation and resolve the crisis of legitimacy without negatively impacting on the people of Zimbabwe," he added. The six-page draft asks the council to condemn Mugabe's decision to proceed with the runoff elections last Friday despite calls for a postponement and the violence that marred the elections. It says "scores" of people were killed while thousands were injured or displaced. Mugabe won the runoff as the sole candidate after his opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai, withdrew from the race as violence spread. The draft asks Mugabe to begin immediately a political dialogue with all parties in order to arrive at a peaceful solution that will "reflect the will of the Zimbabwean people as expressed in the March 29 elections." The first round of voting on March 29 was won by Tsvangirai, but it failed the required majority for a victory. A runoff was declared for June 27, with Mugabe declared the winner. The draft demands an end to violence and the resumption of activities by international relief organizations, which were suspended by Mugabe in June. It calls on UN members to prevent the direct or indirect sale or transfer of arms of all types, military vehicles and equipment, and spare parts. It calls on UN members to prevent the entry into or transit through their territories, and a freeze of assets belonging to Mugabe and 11 other Zimbabwean officials. It charges Mugabe with being responsible for activities that "seriously undermine democracy, repress human rights and disrespect of the rule of law." The other individuals include Constantine Chiwenga, Emmerson Mnangagwa, Patrick Chinamasa, Perence Shiri, David Parirenyatwa and Didymus Mutasa, who are charged with directing the violence against political opponents. Gideon Gono, the Reserve Bank Governor, is charged with being responsible for funding repressive state policies. If approved by the council, the sanctions sought by the US and Britain and likely supported by other European members on the council like France would represent the first arms embargo against Zimbabwe. Diplomats attending Thursday's closed-door session in which the text was submitted made no comment.