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Russia, China block UN humanitarian resolution on Syria’s Idlib

Orient Net 2019-09-19 22:37:00

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 Russia and China joined forces Thursday to block adoption of a UN Security Council resolution aimed at establishing a ceasefire in northwestern Syria and gaining full access for humanitarian workers to the province of Idlib.

The two veto-wielding powers blocked the text put forward by drafters Belgium, Germany and Kuwait, who hold the Syria humanitarian file on the Security Council.

“We remain convinced that the council cannot stay silent and must act,” German Ambassador Christoph Heusgen said. "That is why we have tabled this humanitarian resolution calling for a cessation of hostilities.”

But Russia said the text was “doomed to failure” and ignored the need for "fighting terrorists". Thursday’s veto was its 13th on Syria since the conflict began in 2011.  

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