News ID: 263110
Published: 0544 GMT December 17, 2019

Russia proposes own Syria aid resolution to UN

Russia proposes own Syria aid resolution to UN

Russia has drafted a resolution outlining the manner of aid delivery to Syria, urging the United Nations to adopt it in place of a Western-backed one, which Moscow finds lacking in terms of transparency.

Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency reported on Tuesday that Russia’s mission to the world body had handled the draft to the UN Security Council.

The Council will put the Russian-devised document and the other one, which has been drawn up by Germany and Belgium in conjunction with Kuwait, later in the week, Presstv Reported.

The Western-dominated text proposes extension by a year of the “trans-border humanitarian operations,” which the UN adopted in July 2014 assigning four openings across the Syrian border for receipt of humanitarian supplies.

The decision, however, allows those bringing in aid to bypass Damascus’ approval.

Besides, the Western-backed draft has required that the town of Tel Abyad on the Syrian-Turkish border be added to the list of the designated ports of entry.

The Russian proposal, on the other hand, advises that the UN intensifies its control on the nature of the Syria-headed supplies.

It also recommends that the authorized checkpoints be reduced to two, and the entire mission’s length be cut to six months. The text, however, emphasizes the need to extend the sphere of the outreach operations to include more Syrians, including those residing in northwestern Idlib Province -- which contains the last concentrations of Takfiri terrorists.

Moscow began contributing to Damascus’ anti-terror drive in 2015 at the latter’s request by lending aerial support to Syrian ground operations.

In late 2017, the assistance together with Iranian military advisory support and battleground contribution by Shia fighters aided Syria to defeat Daesh, the most notorious of the terrorist groups to attack the country since a 2011 outbreak of violence.

Tehran and Moscow sustained the support afterwards, enabling Damascus to rid vast swathes of its soil of remaining Takfiri terrorists and militants.

 
 
   
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