Russia, China veto UNSC resolution on Aleppo ceasefire

NEW YORK, 5th December, 2016 (WAM) -- Russia and China have vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on immediate seven-day ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

The resolution drafted by Egypt, Spain and New Zealand demands a truce in Syrian Aleppo for at least seven days. Under their plan, this pause in warfare would make it possible to deliver aid to the embattled city and create conditions for restarting negotiations on a political settlement of the Syrian conflict.

11 Security Council members supported the resolution, while Russia and China veto, Venezuela voted against it and Angola abstained.

"We have not reached a breakthrough because Russia has been more focused on preserving its military gains than helping Aleppo's citizens," Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Michele Sison told the council.

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said putting the resolution to vote was in violation of Council rule of procedure, under which the vote should take place no earlier than 24 hours after the final version of a draft is submitted to the Security Council.

He said it was planned to first "coordinate the routes and the timeframe for the withdrawal. Only when this happens a ceasefire will be put in place that will make it possible to evacuate militants".


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