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Russia: the US draft resolution on Syria contains “unacceptable elements”

UNITED NATIONS (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe draft US resolution on chimataks in Syria contains some “unacceptable elements,” said Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzia.

“It contains some unacceptable elements that make it even worse,” Nebenzia told reporters at the UN.

The document, prepared by the US back in March, was reintroduced in the UN Security Council a few hours before the meeting of the fifteen members of the Council on the situation in Syria.

The draft resolution, which is available to RIA, writes “most seriously condemns the continuing use of chemical weapons in Syria, reported, in particular – an attack in the Duma on April 7, 2018”. Members of the Council also “express their determination to bring those responsible to justice.”

The draft resolution decides “to establish an independent United Nations mechanism for the investigation of chemical attacks in Syria (United Nations Independent Mechanism of Investigation, UNIMI) for a period of one year with the possibility of further extension.”

A number of provisions in the document remained unchanged. The project includes separate paragraphs from the widespread RF in January of the draft resolution on the establishment of an independent UN mechanism UNIMI.

The US delegation then opposed such a mission and proposed to restore the UN-OPCW mission to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria (SMR).

However, in the following months, the diplomats continued to work on finding acceptable language. The delegation of the Russian Federation in early March completed consultations on its draft resolution, the document is in the status of “ready to vote.” However, none of the projects have so far been put to the vote.