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Awareness to separate opposition and terrorists in Syria grows stronger with UNSC — envoy

November 01, 2016, 2:56 UTC+3 UN

"I may assure that the understanding of importance to separate opposition groups from terrorists keeps growing," Vitaly Churkin said

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UN, November 1. /TASS/. Members of the UN Security Council become more aware of the importance of separating opposition groups from terrorists in Syria, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said.

"There is no unity in opinions on the Aleppo tragedy among the UN Security Council members, but I may assure that the understanding of importance to separate opposition groups from terrorists keeps growing," Churkin said.

"This is not somebody’s personal fancy, but obligations stipulated by Security Council’s resolutions and decisions made by the International Syria Support Group (ISSG)," he said.

According to Churkin, Russia and the United States with the participation of regional nations were in discussions of "detailed schemes" on drawing a division line between the opposition and terrorists.

"The US colleagues were tasked with direct obligations in this regard," the Russian diplomat added.

Russia continues discussions on a draft resolution aimed to fight terrorism ideology

Russia continues discussions within the frames of the UN Security Council on a draft resolution aimed to fight terrorism ideology, Churkin said.

The diplomat said that the Russia-initiated draft resolution "is focused on the fight against the propaganda of terrorism, including efforts, which can be considered as encouragement to terrorism."

"A particular attention should be paid to the use of Internet and social networks," he said. "We continue consultations on our document in the Security Council."

According to him, Moscow firmly believes that the UN Security Council "must resort to measures countering terrorism propaganda, which spreads around the globe."

"The ongoing growth of radicalization is the result of the modern technologies’ development," Churkin said. "They are effectively used by terrorists. The youth is the most vulnerable target."

"Despite some statements that the propaganda of the Islamic State (terrorist organization outlawed in Russia) has been allegedly losing its effectiveness in Syria and Iraq, the demand for it is in fact keeps growing around the world," the UN envoy said.

Churkin said that despite "a serious military damage" inflicted on the Islamic State (terrorist organization outlawed in Russia) in Syria and Iraq, it "is still capable of spreading its influence and carrying out terrorist attacks in various regions of the world."

According to him, the most recent report of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the fight against IS particularly stressed "the necessity and urgency of the fight against the ideology of terrorism."

"This statement confirms the promptness to adopt Russia-initiated draft resolution in the Security Council on this issue," Churkin said.

Russia’s UN envoy also said he hoped that next reports of the UN secretary general would "finally shed the light" on the true roots of the threat coming from the IS.

"We are confident that without the revealed information about the real sources of financing and outside support of terrorists we will never manage to eradicate the Islamic State," he added.

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