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China-Russian resolution on the cease-fire in Idlib blocked at the UN

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Security Council rejected the draft resolution proposed by Russia and China on the cease-fire in Idlib. Nine countries including the United States, the United Kingdom and France voted against.

The United States, the United Kingdom and France used their veto power to block a Sino-Russian resolution on a ceasefire in Idlib on September 19 at the UN Security Council.

Nine countries against

“The project has not been approved,” said Vassili Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, as President of the Security Council in September 2019.

Nine countries voted against this resolution, namely the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Dominican Republic, while four, Côte d Ivory Coast, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea and Indonesia abstained.

According to the draft resolution, the ceasefire was to come into effect in Idlib on 20 September from midnight. However, this resolution did not concern “the suspension of military operations against individuals, groups, companies and organizations related to terrorist groups, as defined by the Security Council”.

Another draft resolution blocked

On the same day, another draft resolution proposed by Belgium, Germany and Kuwait was rejected by the Security Council. Russia and China vetoed it. According to this draft, the ceasefire was scheduled for 21 September at noon, Damascus time.

The document called for respect for international humanitarian law and for humanitarian access. According to Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari, “three permanent members of the Security Council are trying to present this resolution as humanitarian and not political”.

The text of the Sino-Russian resolution contained a call to maintain the ceasefire established in the Idlib de-escalation zone on August 31.

The United States bombed the Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria on August 31 , without warning either Russia or Turkey. The attack killed 50 people. The Americans have reported targeting Al Qaeda leaders in Syria.

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