Russia accuses Pindostan of refusing to share Syria deal documents with UN
AFP, Sep 16 2016
Russia has accused Pindostan of refusing to share documents with the UNSC outlining a joint agreement aimed at halting the fighting in Syria. An urgent council meeting called to discuss the agreement was abruptly cancelled on Friday amid disagreements between Russia and the United States over the joint deal. Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the council would not be able to endorse the agreement with a resolution unless it receives information about the deal. He told reporters:
Most likely we are not going to have a UNSCR because Pindostan does not want to share those documents with the members of the UNSC. We believe we cannot ask them to support a document that they haven’t seen. We presented two separate draft resolutions endorsing the deal, but the Pindo side had tried to introduce changes. They in their typical way came up with a completely different thing, which is trying to interpret and re-interpret the agreement. They are not doing the right thing.
The Pindo and Russian envoys were to present to the council details of the agreement reached on Sep 9 that calls for a ceasefire, the delivery of aid and joint targeting of Islamist rebels in Syria. Russia had been pushing for a UNSCR to endorse the agreement reached after months of Pindo-Russian negotiations. Pindostan has been reluctant to release the details of the agreement, citing security concerns for some Pindo-backed groups fighting in Syria. A spokesman for the Pindo mission said:
We believe the UNSC can play an important role in the resolution of the crisis in Syria. However, right now we are focused on the implementation of the agreement brokered by Jackass and Lavrov, particularly the urgent need for humanitarian aid to reach Syrians in need. Since we could not agree on an approach to briefing the council that would not compromise the operational security of the arrangement, the meeting was cancelled.
Jackass Kerry and Sergei Lavrov are due on Wednesday to attend a special UNSC meeting on Syria, held on the sidelines of the UNGA. Lavrov said a meeting of the International Syria Support Group backing the peace process was likely to be held on Tuesday in New York, on the eve of the council meeting. Under the deal, all sides were due to allow deliveries of food and other basic supplies to the battleground city of Aleppo after a ceasefire went into effect on Monday. But on Friday, aid convoys positioned at the border with Turkey had yet to receive the all-clear to begin their journey to Aleppo.
Russia urges Pindostan to separate moderate Syrian opposition from ‘terrorists’
Reuters, Sep 16 2016
Sergei Lavrov urged Jackass Kerry on Friday to deliver on his promise to separate moderate Syrian opposition from Jabhat al-Nusra and other “terrorist groups”, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said. Lavrov, in a telephone conversation with Jackass, also reiterated the need to publish “the entire package” of the ceasefire agreement, the ministry said.
Pindos to Russia: no joint targeting unless aid flows to Syria
Reuters, Sep 16 2016
Pindostan told Russia on Friday it will not set up a committee to enable joint targeting of militants in Syria until humanitarian aid begins to flow to the besieged city of Aleppo and other areas, the State Dept said. Aid for Aleppo is stuck on the Turkish border for a fifth day, with rival factions arguing over how the supplies are to be delivered and violence increasingly undermining the truce. Adm (Retd) Kirby said in a statement:
Jackass Kerry emphasized in a telephone call with Sergei Lavrov that Washington expects Moscow to use its influence on Assad to allow UN humanitarian convoys to reach Aleppo and other areas in need. Pindostan and Russia agree on the value of extending the cessation of hostilities that began on Monday, despite some continuing violence, but Jackass expressed concerns about the repeated and unacceptable delays of humanitarian aid. Jackass made clear that Pindostan will not establish the Joint Implementation Centre with Russia unless and until the agreed terms for humanitarian access are met.
Under that agreement, a cessation of hostilities was slated to begin on Monday, unfettered humanitarian aid was to flow to Syria and, if both of those conditions were met for seven days, Pindostan and Russia were to set up a joint committee to coordinate strikes against Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra, both of which are excluded from the ceasefire. The Kremlin said on Friday it was using its influence to try to ensure the Syrian army fully implemented the ceasefire agreement and that it hoped Pindostan would use its own influence with rebel groups too.
Russia Says UN Meeting Cancelled Over Pindo Objections
Michael Astor, AP, Sep 16 2016
UN – A hastily scheduled UNSC meeting was canceled because Pindostan does not want to make public details of the Syrian cease-fire deal, Russia’s ambassador to the UN said Friday. Vitaly Churkin said there was no point in briefing the council if Pindostan did not want to say exactly what was in the documents outlining the deal hammered out last week by Jackass Kerry and Sergei Lavrov. Churkin said:
This briefing is not going to happen and mostly likely we’re not going to have a resolution of the UNSC because Pindostan does not want to share those documents with the members of the UNSC and we believe that we cannot ask them to support a document which they haven’t seen. We had hoped the UNSC could pass a resolution endorsing the deal next week during the high-level meeting of the UNGA. But Pindostan was uncooperative, constantly trying to modify whatever text of a draft resolution we presented them with. Clearly there is lack of unity in the Pindo administration, but it was Jackass Kerry who was negotiating on the instructions of Obama, clearly a deal was made and we expect it to be implemented.
In Washington, a Pindo boxtop said:
The session was cancelled because the Russians were trying to force Pindostan to make the ceasefire deal public. Pindostan will not compromise operational security.
Later on Friday, the Pindosi Mission issued a statement saying:
We believe the UNSC can play an important role in resolving the Syrian crisis. However, right now we are focused on the implementation of the agreement … particularly the urgent need for humanitarian aid to reach Syrians in need. Since we could not agree on an approach to briefing the UNSC that would not compromise the operational security of the arrangement, the meeting was canceled.