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Moscow says UK initiative re UN SC statement on Al-Qusayr events untimely

June 03, 2013, 19:18 UTC+3

Fierce fighting continues in Al-Qusayr, 10 kilometres from the Lebanese border

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MOSCOW, June 3 (Itar-Tass) - Moscow believes that London’s initiative to adopt a U.N. Security Council statement on the events in Syria’s Al-Qusayr is untimely, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Monday, June 3.

“In this situation, Great Britain initiated a draft statement of the Security Council chairman in the U.N. Security Council. Basically, it demanded that the Syrian military cease fire unilaterally and let the bandits encircled in several city districts get out,” he said.

“Russia could not agree with this position. We stated our disagreement and the draft did not pass,” the spokesperson added.

“The proposal that the international community should raise its voice at a time when the Syrian army is finishing a counter-terrorist operation against insurgents who have been terrorising the population of the border-lying Syrian town for several months can hardly be called timely,” Lukashevich sad.

He noted that “no one drew attention to the suffering of Al-Qusayr’s residents” during this time.

Fierce fighting continues in Al-Qusayr, 10 kilometres from the Lebanese border. According to Al-Watan, hundreds of mercenaries were killed there over the past 48 hours. A Syrian military source denied an Istanbul opposition statement that the insurgents in the town surrounded by the army had received reinforcement from other parts of the country. To prove his point, he said that the rebels heading to Al-Qusayr from Talbiseh, 10 kilometres from Homs, had been destroyed.


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