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UN Security Council makes pause in respect of Syrian resolution-Gatilov

October 13, 2011, 12:08 UTC+3

“The draft resolution that was elaborated together with Chinese partners is still on the agenda,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister stressed

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MOSCOW, October 13 (Itar-Tass) —— The United Nations Security Council has made a pause as concerns the resolution on Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Thursday.

“The situation (around the resolution on Syria) is still more uncertain, since after the voting on the Western draft a pause was made,” Gatilov said in an exclusive interview with Itar-Tass. “The issue is not discussed actively by the Security Council.”

At the same time, he noted that members of the United Nations Security Council still keep an eye on the Syrian issue. “Our position in respect of the Western approaches is known. We voted in a corresponding way against the Western draft resolution, along with a number of other countries,” he stressed.

“We do not seek to evade the discussion on the Syrian situation in the Security Council,” he said. “The draft resolution that was elaborated together with Chinese partners is still on the agenda.”

“Our draft is based on the same approach as is shown now towards Yemen, that is: the international community must talk both parties – the authorities and the opposition – into political negotiations. We think that this is the only viable basis for the settlement of the Syrian crisis,” he said.

“Drawing certain parallels, I would like to note that we should be guided by common sense in respect of other crisis situations in the Middle East, and in Syria in particular,” he emphasized.

“We believe such an approach to the Syrian problem would be well justified, that is: the world community should call on all the parties to the conflict to take part in a political process, in a dialogue in order to find mutually acceptable solutions and settle the situation in Syria,” he concluded.

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