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Russia initiates alternative draft UN SC resolution on evacuation of civilians in Aleppo

December 18, 2016, 21:44 UTC+3

As a well-informed source at the United Nations headquarters told TASS, "now it is being discussed"

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UNITED NATIONS, December 18. /TASS/. Russia has initiated its edition of a draft United Nations Security Council resolution on evacuation of civilians from Syria’s Aleppo, an alternative to the France-initiated one, a well-informed source at the United Nations headquarters told TASS on Sunday.

"Russia has initiated its edition of the resolution, an alternative to France’s. Now it is being discussed," the source said.

The United Nations Security Council is holding a closed-door meeting for more than two hours. "Now we have two drafts - Russia’s and France’s. We are considering how to combine them," a diplomat from one of the delegations said.

The Russian document stressed the importance of ensuring voluntary and safe evacuation of civilians from Aleppo’s districts affected in the conflict under supervisions of the United Nations and with its coordinating role. The document requests United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in cooperation with all the parties concerned to conduct preparations in the area of security to make it possible for the United Nations employees to monitor the situation of civilians staying in Aleppo.

Unlike the Russia-initiated document, France’s draft calls on the United Nations Secretary General to entrust UN employees who are already in Aleppo to monitor evacuation of civilians. Apart from that, it demands the parties to the conflict ensure immediate and unbiased access for United Nations monitors.

Earlier in the day, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly CHurkin said the French draft is "unworkable and dangerous." "The idea that they should be told to go to wander around the ruins of Eastern Aleppo without proper preparation and without informing everybody about what is going to happen... this has disaster written all over it. This is a provocation, I hope this is not an intentional provocation," he said.

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