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Moscow says two provisions should be included into UNSC resolution on Syria

November 25, 2016, 17:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The draft resolution demands the warring sides to "immediately halt hostilities that may lead to civilian deaths and casualties or damage civilian infrastructure"

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MOSCOW, November 25. /TASS/. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov has held a meeting with Spain’s Ambassador to Russia Jose Ignacio Carjabal and New Zealand’s Charges d'Affaires Cecilia Warren, and pointed to two provisions that should be included into the new resolution on the humanitarian situation in Syria, the Russian foreign ministry said. According to the ministry, the first provision concerns the need to separate opposition from terrorists and second highlights that the ceasefire doesn’t apply to terror groups.

"The parties exchanged views on the UN Security Council’s work on the resolution on the humanitarian situation in Syria initiated by Madrid and Wellington," the Russian foreign ministry noted.

"Russia has confirmed that the new resolution should particularly include two provisions, one of them concerning the need to separate the so-called moderate opposition from the terrorists," the ministry stressed. "Another important provision should ensure that the ceasefire doesn’t apply to terror groups."

The draft resolution initiated by New Zealand demands the warring sides to "immediately halt hostilities that may lead to civilian deaths and casualties or damage civilian infrastructure." The document particularly mentions Aleppo bombardments in this regard. Besides that, the draft resolution stipulates the withdrawal of militants from Eastern Aleppo in accordance with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura’s initiative.

The draft resolution also envisages introducing regular 48-hour pauses in military activities so that humanitarian aid could be delivered. According to the document, the first ceasefire should be announced within 24 hours after the resolution is adopted.

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