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UN: Security Council draft resolution on Idlib vetoed by Russia and China

3 19.09.2019 Инфо

W/S UN Security Council session, New York City
SOT, Jonathan Allen, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to UN: "The Security Council must act to protect civilians in Idlib. That is why we fully support the humanitarian penholders - Belgium, Kuwait and Germany - on their proposed resolution. We will be voting in favour, in favour of protecting civilians."
M/S Permanent Representative‎ of Russia and current president of the UNSC Vasily Nebenzya *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Bashar Jaafari, Syrian Permanent Representative to UN (Arabic): "I advise those who have illusions, who think that they can turn Tanf into an occupied pocket such as Guantanamo or turn Idlib into another Tora Bora, they should stop these illusions. Therefore, Mr. President, my delegation invites you to vote against the draft resolution submitted by the humanitarian penholders."
M/S Nebenzya *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Nicolas de Riviere, French Permanent Representative to UN (French): "The urgency of the situation in Idlib cruelly reminds us that only an inclusive political solution can pacify and stabilise Syria and allow the return refugees to return to their country. We reiterate our full support to the efforts of the special envoy, Geir Pedersen, in attempting to finalise a balanced agreement on the constitutional committee both in terms of its composition and its rules of procedure. We take good note of the most recent encouraging developments provided by the Secretary General, and we call for the United Nations to launch a constitutional committee as soon as possible in Geneva."
M/S Jaafari *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative‎ of Russia and current president of the UNSC (Russian): "Unfortunately the content of the draft and the course of the work on it is a clear indication of the real objectives of our colleagues which is to save the interantional terrorists that are entrenched in Idlib from their final defeat and to free those who are guilty of what is happening in Idlib. I would like to particularly emphasise that ignoring the need to fight against terrorists on the part of the authors of this draft has been the watershed moment that has not allowed us to support the resolution that is before us."
W/S UNSC meeting in progress *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative‎ of Russia and current president of the UNSC (Russian): "I call on delegations who really want to see the situation in Syria resolved and really want to depoliticise the humanitarian issues to vote together with us against the draft from the humanitarian Troika. I now once again return to my duties as the president of the Security Council and I wish to say that the Council is ready to proceed to a vote on the draft resolutions before it. I shall first put to the vote the draft resolution contained in Document S-2019-756 submitted by Belgium, Germany and Kuwait. Will those in favour of the draft resolution contained in Document S-2019-756 please raise their hands?" [Delegates in favour raising their hands]
SOT, Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative‎ of Russia and current president of the UNSC (Russian): "I ask those who are against the resolution to raise their hands?" [Russian and China delegates raising their hands]" *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
W/S Delegates *CUTAWAY*
Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative‎ of Russia and current president of the UNSC (Russian): "The result of the voting is as follows: 12 votes in favour, two votes against, and one abstention. The draft resolution has not been adopted owing to a negative vote of the two permanent members of the council."
W/S UN Security Council session ending
SCRIPT
A draft resolution demanding a truce in northwestern Syria was rejected during a UN Security Council meeting in New York City on Thursday, with Russia and China casting their veto.
Russia and China cast their veto on the resolution advanced by Kuwait, Belgium and Germany, which saw 12 votes in favour and one abstention.
Russian Permanent Representative Vasily Nebenzya motivated the veto by stating that "the content of the draft and the course of the work on it is a clear indication of the real objectives of our colleagues. Which is to save the international terrorists that are entrenched in Idlib from their final defeat and to free those who are guilty of what is happening in Idlib."
"The urgency of the situation in Idlib cruelly reminds us that only an inclusive political solution can pacify and stabilise Syria and allow the return refugees to return to their country," French Permanent Representative Nicolas de Riviere said, while UK Deputy Permanent Representative Jonathan Allen called on the Council to vote "in favour of protecting civilians."