UN Security Council fails to agree on ceasefire across Syria: Russia
Thursday 22/February/2018 - 09:52 PM
Russia says no agreement was reached at the United Nations Security Council on a month-long ceasefire across Syria as the conflict deepens in the Arab country due to a sharp rise in terrorist attacks، according to media reports.
Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia made the announcement on Thursday after a council meeting on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day truce in Syria amid renewed violence in Syria's Eastern Ghouta region.
Sweden and Kuwait، two non-permanent members of the Security Council، had proposed the ceasefire measure in Syria to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations.
On Wednesday، Nebenzia presented amendments to the draft resolution، saying، "We cannot simply decide that there is a ceasefire."
"That's a long and complex process to achieve. Cessations cannot be established by putting a word in the resolution،" he noted.
Earlier on Thursday، Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed Moscow's readiness to consider the ceasefire in Syria، but only if it does not cover the Daesh، the al-Nusra Front and other terrorist groups which "conduct systematic shelling of the residential quarters of Damascus."
"It is hard to oppose a call to a ceasefire with the goal for civilians to take a breather، to supply humanitarian aid and medication and to offer assistance to people in a difficult situation،" Lavrov said.