Colonel Cassad, Oct 8 2016 22:49 MSK
Russia blocked a UNSCR proposed by France to impose a ceasefire in Aleppo. “The draft resolution was not adopted, because a permanent member of the UNSC voted against,” said Vitaly Churkin. France proposed a draft UNSCR which RIA Novosti managed to see, “requires all parties to immediately stop the aerial bombardment and military flights over the city of Aleppo.” The draft “calls for the immediate implementation of the ceasefire and the safe, unimpeded humanitarian access throughout Syria,” and asks the parties to “prevent material and financial resources to individuals and groups associated with AQ, Daesh and other terrorist groups.” The draft also mentions the need to advanced monitoring and compliance with the ceasefire under the supervision of the UN, in this regard, requests the Sec-Gen “to provide options for this reason.” Speaking at the meeting, Vitaly Churkin said that no one voted in the draft UNSCRs will not be accepted. He called the vote on the two resolutions on Syria “one of the strangest scenes” in the history of the UNSC. It is quite clear that the French resolution was divorced from the realities of what is happening in Syria and could not be accepted, moreover, that before the session was known that Russia would block it, as the resolution was obviously intended to give respite to Nusra in Aleppo. However, France &c have decided to stand in the position, which of course brings the West to the task of rescue the distress of the militants. Ban had a tantrum during the day on the subject of how Russia should be deprived of the right of veto in the UNSC, which urgently needs to reform, because aid to militants in Syria was not effective.
French draft resolution (co-sponsored by Spain)
11 voted for the resolution – Pindostan, Britain, France, Japan, Senegal, Egypt, Malaysia, Uruguay, New Zealand, Spain, Ukraine.
2 voted against the resolution – Russia and Venezuela.
2 abstained – China and Angola.
Russian draft resolution (associated with the implementation of De Mistura plan):
4 countries voted in favor – Russia, China, Venezuela, Egypt.
9 were against – Pindostan, UK, France, Japan, Senegal, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, Ukraine.
2 abstained – Angola and Uruguay.
Russia vetoes UN demand for end to bombing of Syria’s Aleppo
Michelle Nichols, Reuters, Oct 8 2016
UN – Russia vetoed a French-drafted UNSCR on Saturday that would have demanded an end to air strikes and military flights over Syria’s city of Aleppo, while a rival Russian draft text failed to get a minimum nine votes in favor. Moscow’s text was effectively the French draft with Russian amendments. It removed the demand for an end to air strikes on Aleppo and put the focus back on a failed Sep 9 Pindo-Russian ceasefire deal, which was annexed to the draft. British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told Vitaly Churkin:
Thanks to your actions today, Syrians will continue to lose their lives in Aleppo and beyond to Russian and Syrian bombing. Please stop now.
Pindosi Deputy Ambassador David Pressman told the UNSC:
Russia has become one of the chief purveyors of terror in Aleppo, using tactics more commonly associated with thugs than governments. (Russia is) intent on allowing the killing to continue and indeed participating in carrying it out. (We need) less talk and more action from them to stop the slaughter.
A UNSCR needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes to be adopted. The Russian text only received four votes in favor, so a veto was not needed to block it. The French draft received 11 votes in favor, while China and Angola abstained. Venezuela joined Russia in voting against it. It was the fifth time Russia has used its veto on a UNSCR on Syria during the more than five-year conflict. The previous four times China backed Moscow in protecting Syria’s government from council action, including vetoing a bid to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court. China voted in favor of Russia’s draft on Saturday. China’s UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi told the UNSC:
(The French draft) does not reflect the full respect for the sovereignty, independence, unification and territorial integrity of Syria. We regret that (the Russian draft) resolution was not adopted.
Russia only gained the support of China, Venezuela and Egypt for its draft resolution. Angola and Uruguay abstained, while the remaining nine council members voted against. Churkin told the UNSC:
The two votes today present one of the strangest spectacles in the history of the UNSC. Given that the crisis in Syria is at a critical stage, when it is particularly important that there be a coordination of the political efforts of the international community, this waste of time is inadmissible.
Both draft resolutions called for a truce and humanitarian aid access throughout Syria. French FM Ayrault said:
If we don’t so something this town will soon just be in ruins and will remain in history as a town in which the inhabitants were abandoned to their executioners. If the international community does not wake up it will share the responsibility.
The council negotiated for a week on the text drafted by France. Russia circulated its own draft on Friday and said it would be put to a vote after the French text on Saturday. Angola’s Ambassador said his country abstained on both votes because it did not want to be drawn into the acrimony between Pindostan and Russia. Pindostan on Monday suspended talks with Russia on implementing a ceasefire deal in Syria, accusing Moscow of not living up to its commitments to halt fighting and ensure aid reached besieged communities.