UNSC to Vote on Syria Draft Resolution

Russia endeavors to organize peace talks while the ceasefire holds in Syria
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On December 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced reaching agreements on ceasefire in Syria and on the readiness of Syrian government and opposition to start peace talks

UN Security Council will hold a meeting behind closed doors on Saturday and vote on the draft resolution proposed by Russia in support of ceasefire in Syria, the Russian Permanent Mission to UN said.

“Tomorrow at 11 am, closed consultations will be held, followed by voting on Syria,” the mission said.

The draft resolution was distributed by the Russian delegation on Thursday evening and officially presented at the UNSC meeting on Friday, TASS news agency reported.

The document envisages support for a ceasefire agreement in Syria reached with mediation of Russia and Turkey, and stresses “the importance of their full and immediate implementation”.

The draft resolution also mentions the upcoming talks in Astana between the Syrian government and opposition.

After the meeting behind closed doors on Friday, Russian Ambassador to UN Vitaly Churkin told reporters that the discussion was useful and constructive, and that Security Council members “proposed several recommendations on improving the text of the draft”.

He noted that the Russian delegation is ready to take into account these proposals and will submit the document for voting.

On December 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced reaching agreements on ceasefire in Syria and on the readiness of Syrian government and opposition to start peace talks.

Three documents were signed: between Syrian government and armed opposition on ceasefire on the territory of Syria; on the package of measures to control the observation of ceasefire; the declaration of readiness for starting peace talks on Syrian settlement.

Later, Syrian Armed Forces announced halting military actions on the whole territory of the country starting from 12 am local time.

  Breaches of the Ceasefire

Twelve shellings by armed groups were registered in Syria over the last 24 hours, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria said in the daily bulletin published on the Russian Defense Ministry’s official website on Friday.

“Twelve shellings by armed groups were registered in the past day in the provinces of Damascus (6), Aleppo (5) and Hama (1),” the Russian center said.

In the province of Aleppo, groups from the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terrorist organization, former Jebhat al-Nusra, opened fire from multiple rocket launcher systems, mortars and firearms at the settlement in Aleppo.

“Russian Aerospace Defense Forces and Syrian Air Force did not deliver airstrikes at opposition armed groups that declared cessation of hostilities and informed the Russian or US reconciliation centers about their locations,” the bulletin said.

  Reconciliation of Warring Parties

Two settlements joined the ceasefire regime in the province of Latakia over the last 24 hours.

“The number of settlements that joined the reconciliation process increased to 1,079,” the bulletin said.

“Over the last 24 hours, no illegal armed groups signed an agreement on joining the ceasefire regime.”

Talks on joining the ceasefire regime continued with field commanders of armed groups in the settlements of Muaddamiyet al-Shih in the province of Damascus and with units of armed opposition in the provinces of Aleppo, Hama, Homs and Quneitra.

  Lavrov-Cavusoglu Talks

Russian and Turkish foreign ministers, Sergey Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu respectively, have pointed to the importance of complying with the ceasefire by all opposition groups in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday following telephone conversation between the two ministers.

“The two ministers continued discussing the array of issues related to the implementation of the provisions of the documents signed on December 29 by the Syrian government and opposition brokered by Moscow and Ankara, taking into account the talks between the foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran on December 20,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“They pointed to the importance of compliance with the cessation of hostilities by all opposition groups and their constructive approaches in light of the upcoming meeting in Astana.”

Russia and Turkey act as guarantors of a ceasefire in Syria, which came into force at midnight on December 30.

On December 29, the Russian Defense Ministry made public a list of armed opposition groups, which have signed a ceasefire agreement.

According to Reuters, one of the groups on the list, Ahrar al-Sham, said it had not signed the cessation of hostilities agreement.

  Turkey: US Welcome in Syria Talks

Turkey has nothing against the participation of a US delegation in the talks on the Syrian settlement due to be held in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana in late January, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.

“We welcome the (possible) US participation in the meeting in Astana,” the Al Arabiya TV channel quoted him as saying.

However, Ankara strongly opposes the involvement of the Syrian Kurds in the upcoming consultations.

According to Cavusoglu, organizations like the Democratic Union and the Self-Defense Forces of Syrian Kurds (designated as terrorist organizations in Turkey) should not be represented in Astana.

He noted that the Kurds could be included in the comprehensive agreement on Syria, if the units of the Democratic Union and Self-Defense Forces of Syrian Kurds lay down arms and support Syria’s territorial integrity.


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