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Diplomat: UN Human Rights Council 'lagging behind' political processes around Syria

February 29, 12:39 UTC+3
"We hope that the UNHRC will, at least, do no harm to the positive political changes that are taking places in terms of the prospects for a political settlement in Syria," the diplomat says
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GENEVA, February 29. /TASS/. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is at the tail-end of political developments around Syria, Russian Ambassador to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin told TASS on Monday.

"Due to its specificity, the UNHRC is, unfortunately, lagging behind the development of political processes in Syria," he said. "We hope that the UNHRC will, at least, do no harm to the positive political changes that are taking places in terms of the prospects for a political settlement in Syria."

Syria ceasefire task force meeting on Monday as initially scheduled

The Syria ceasefire task force will have its meeting on Monday as was initially scheduled, Russia’s ambassador to the UN Geneva office said, commenting on the calls by French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to urgently convene such a meeting.

"The meeting will be held today in any case, I don’t see any problems. This meeting has been initially scheduled," he said. "The task force is meeting today and these issues (about the situation in Syria) will be discussed. The Russian and US military have been having consultations virtually in the round-the-clock regime over the weekend. They are meeting today as well. It is a routine work. We never thought it may be different."

"It is a routine practical work to verify information, to expose violations, etc," Borodavkin said. "And the United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, as we have been told, convenes the force’s meeting today. There is nothing extraordinary about it. It is a routine practice in ceasefire conditions when it is necessary to monitor its observance."

"It is not true either that urgent measures are needed," the Russian diplomat noted. "Routine practical work is under way and it will be continued in this regime."

"This task force and our military will meet as frequently as they do now to monitor the ceasefire regime most efficiently," he added.

Speaking at the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called for an urgent meeting of the ceasefire task force.

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