UNSC schedules vote on Russia-drafted Syria resolution

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Middle East
Saturday, 31 December 2016

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has scheduled a vote on a Russian-drafted resolution on the implementation of an ongoing nation-wide ceasefire in Syria.

The ceasefire, brokered by Russia and Turkey, took effect across the Arab country at midnight on Friday.

The Council agreed to hold the vote at 1600 GMT on Saturday after closed-door discussions on Friday.

The ceasefire agreement does not apply to the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front.

Russia and Turkey had sent the text of the ceasefire agreement and the draft resolution to Security Council members on Thursday night. Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin later circulated a revised draft and urged Council members to support it.

The resolution calls for “rapid, safe and unhindered” access to deliver humanitarian aid throughout Syria. It also looks forward to a meeting in late January between the Syrian government and opposition in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, “as an important part of the Syrian-led political process facilitated by the United Nations.”

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