Friday, February 23, 2018

Nebenzya: No Agreement on Draft Resolution Demanding 30-day Truce in Syria
23 February، 2018

New York, SANA- Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vassily Nebenzya said that there is no agreement on the draft resolution submitted by Kuwait and Sweden demanding a 30-day nationwide truce in Syria.

Nebenzya made his remarks during a UN Security Council meeting held on Thursday to discuss the situation in Syria.

He added that Russia has presented several amendments to the draft resolution given that his country has repeatedly requested guarantees to ensure the implementation of the proposed 30-day truce, but had yet to receive an answer.

There is some kind of confusion and misunderstanding surrounding the situation in the Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, moreover, the coordination between various media outlets to circulate rumors and lies and organize propaganda campaign to accuse Syrian government of using chemical weapons in the areas will not help understand the reality of what is taking place, he said.

Nebenzya referred to the tragedy in the Iraqi al-Ramadi and al-Falloujah as well as the Syrian Raqqa city which has been disregarded, meanwhile more focus was laid on the Eastern Ghouta and Aleppo and other places which encourage terrorists to continue their practices to torture civilians, noting that the terrorists in Eastern Ghouta turned citizens into hostages and prevent them to leave despite the Hmeimim –based Russian Coordination Center’s calls on all parties to hand over their arms and settle their legal status.

He said that some international actors do not care about what is happening in Eastern Ghouta and prefer to besmirch Syria and Russia, instead of exerting pressure on the parties to end their fighting. Work also continued behind the scenes in to undermine the ongoing political processes.

“what we need is not symbolism, not decisions for the sake of decisions, but rather measures that are commensurate with conditions on the ground,” said the Russian diplomat, adding that to achieve stability in Syria, all Syrian parties should exert significant efforts and start dialogue which is the only way to solve the crisis.

Nebenzya called upon all partners to cooperate with the United Nations instead of circulating lies and organizing propaganda campaigns to support terrorists and divide the region into small states.

For his part, China’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ma Zhaoxu reaffirmed that there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria and a Syrian-led political process is the only way out of the crisis.

He condemned the continued shelling of residential neighborhoods in Damascus by the terrorist organizations situated in Eastern Ghouta, pointing out that such terrorist attacks cause loss of life and injury of civilians , in addition to hindering efforts of the humanitarian agencies affiliated with the UN to deliver aid to the affected people.

Shaza/Rasha Raslan

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