Russia is pushing for own resolution on Syria in UN
Thursday, February 13, 2014
NEW YORK - The Russian Federation presented its own draft version of the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution on Syria to the four permanent members of the UNSC, U.S., the United Kingdom, France and China on Wednesday.
The Arab-backed western draft resolution insists on Bashar al-Assad's government resign, and permanently depart from Damascus, a move that Russia opposes. Russian diplomats at the UN, in an attempt to stop the newest UNSC resolution, threatened a fourth veto of the resolution at the Security Council.
According to UN diplomatic sources in New York, which spoke on the condition of anonymity, but quoted by several western media, Russia’s UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, pushed forward with its own version which does not contain the request for Assad's government to be excluded.
The U.S., United Kingdom and French diplomats at the UN have many times openly criticized Russia's “persistent support" of the Assad regime during the three-year conflict that already took more than a 100,000 Syrian lives and produced several million refugees in past.
But, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also criticized the West this week. He said the original UNSC western and Arab-backed resolution is failing to deal with the growing threat of terrorism in Syria, when it pushes only for an ultimatum for Assad's departure.
UN diplomatic sources quoted by western media are indicating the Russians “are ready to talk,” on how to merge the two opposing texts in one single UNSC resolution in order to end the siege of Homs. The resolution is to be designed in order to improve humanitarian access for aid to be delivered in other Syrian cities that are hard to reach, where civilians are still facing widespread food and medical shortages.
The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet Thursday in an attempt to diplomatically reconcile the two different views in the two separate drafts of the resolution.
The Geneva II peace negotiations on Syria in Switzerland still do not bring the expected results. The western media on Wednesday reports the Syrian Network for Human Rights quoting that more Syrians have died in the country since the start of UN brokered Geneva II Peace talks on January 22nd than during any other comparable period of the war. On average 236 people have died daily in Syria while talks were going on during the three weeks of Geneva II conference, same source reported.
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