Ri­val Syria res­o­lu­tions by West, Rus­sia lose

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Ri­val res­o­lu­tions on Syria backed by the West and Rus­sia were de­feated in the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil on Satur­day, of­fer­ing no relief to the be­sieged city of Aleppo and the key pow­ers even more divided over a course of ac­tion in the war-rav­aged coun­try.

Rus­sia ve­toed a French-drafted res­o­lu­tion de­mand­ing an im­me­di­ate halt to the bomb­ing cam­paign that the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment and Rus­sia are car­ry­ing out against rebel-held dis­tricts in Aleppo. The ri­val Rus­sian draft which made no men­tion of a bomb­ing halt was re­jected be­cause it failed to get the min­i­mum nine “yes” votes needed for ap­proval by the 15-mem­ber coun­cil.

Rus­sia’s U.N. Am­bas­sador Vi­taly Churkin, the cur­rent ro­tat­ing coun­cil pres­i­dent, said be­fore the votes that mem­bers were en­gag­ing in “one of the strangest spec­ta­cles” in the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, be­cause they were meet­ing know­ing that nei­ther res­o­lu­tion would be adopted.

“This waste of time is in­ad­mis­si­ble,” he said.

The votes re­flected the deep di­vi­sions.

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