Russian resolution on Syrian ceasefire fails at UN Security Council

A Russian-drafted resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Syria fails to gather enough votes to pass at the UN Security Council.

The resolution, which was drafted as an alternative to a text from France and Spain that Russia vetoed earlier Saturday, calls for an immediate return to a cessation of hostilities in Syria under a previous US-Russia deal, however, does not mention grounding military aircraft in Aleppo.

The Russian text also calls for the separation of moderate opposition groups from the UN-designated terrorist group al-Nusra Front and demands that no party to the Syrian conflict support any terrorist group, including the Islamic State extremists.

The resolution got four votes in favour, nine votes against and two abstentions, thus not reaching the required nine votes in favour to be adopted.

Last update: Sat, 08/10/2016 - 22:43

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