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Russia proposes to UNHRC to draft report on crimes of terrorists in Syria

March 15, 2016, 13:59 UTC+3

The UN Human Rights Council should promote a truce in Syria and not push the conflict sides towards confrontation, Russian delegation’s representative says

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GENEVA, March 15. /TASS/. Russia has proposed to the UN Independent Commission on the investigation of possible human rights violations in Syria to prepare a report on crimes committed by terrorist groups, Russian delegation’s representative Alexei Goltyayev said on Tuesday at a session of the UN Human Rights Council.

"We urge the commission to intensify the activity in the sphere of collecting and publication of the data on terrorist groups’ crimes in Syria," he said. "A separate report on crimes committed by Jabhat al-Nusra and terrorist groups acting in conjunction with Al Qaeda would be quite relevant today."

Goltyayev also said that the UN Human Rights Council should promote a truce in Syria and not push the conflict sides towards confrontation. "Unfortunately, a number of countries continue to push UNHCR towards confrontation," he said. "The draft resolution on Syria circulated by them does not take into account the objective reality, contains false messages and intentionally distorts the situation. This confrontational practice must be stopped," the official said.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered starting the pullout of the main Russian air group from Syria as of March 15. He said the tasks set to the Russian military had been coped with "by and large."

Russia joined the operation against terrorists in Syria on September 30, 2015 at the request of Syrian president Bashar Assad. Ceasefire took effect in Syria on February 27, 2016. It had been agreed by Russia and the United States. The ceasefire does not apply to the groups Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra (both outlawed in Russia), and also other groups declared terrorist by the UN Security Council.

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