MOSCOW, March 24 (Itar-Tass) — Russia will insist violence in Syria be stopped if all parties involved in the conflict cease fire and start a dialogue without foreign interference, the Foreign Ministry reported on Saturday.
Commenting on the March 23 U.N. Human Rights Council resolution on Syria, the ministry said, “The document gives a unilateral assessment to the events in the country and accuses only the Syrian government of violence. It does not contain any requirements towards armed groups of the opposition. The document also ignores international efforts aimed at settling the crisis, in particular the mission by U.N./Las Special Representative Kofi Annan.”
“During the voting, Russia worked hard on the text. We proposed to make amendments: it was necessary to condemn violence by the armed opposition and the recent terrorist acts in Damascus and Aleppo. But the co-authors did not agree with our proposals. Thus, the Russian delegation forced to vote against the draft jointly with China and Cuba,” the ministry said.
“The UNHRC biased and inadequate resolution runs counter the efforts taken by the international community to stabilise the situation in Syria. The document ‘is discordant’ with the recent U.N. Security Council statements that support Kofi Annan’s mission sand condemn the terrorist acts in Damascus and Aleppo,” the ministry said.
“Moreover, the irresponsible position taken by several states, which came against Russia’s proposal to condemn the terrorist acts in Syria that led to the losses of lives, and violence by armed militants encourage impunity of terrorists,” the ministry said.
The Russian Federation “continues to insist on stopping violence in Syria by ceasing fire by all parties and start a nationwide political dialogue without foreign interference. We will persistently comply with this policy”, the ministry stressed.