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Opponents of Russian draft resolution do not want settlement in Syria — Syrian envoy

The countries that voted against the draft resolution proposed on Syria by Russia at the UN Security Council meeting, do not want conflict settlement in the country, Syrian Permanent Representative to UN Bashar Jaafari said on Sunday.

"We regret that the UN Security Council was not able to adopt a draft resolution which you (Russia) proposed," Jaafari said. "Blocking the Russian draft resolution confirms for the hundredth time that those who stood against it have no political will to fight against terrorism and to achieve inter-Syrian settlement," he added.

The Syrian diplomat also condemned the mortar shelling of the Russian Embassy in Damascus on October 3 describing it as "a cowardly act of terror."

Jaafari said the draft resolution put forward by France and Spain reflects their "nostalgia over colonial past." He stressed that French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault does not have a right to speak on behalf of Syrian people. "French politicians should be ashamed of what they did in Libya and to Libyan people," the Syrian diplomat said.

Russia has earlier vetoed a draft resolution proposed by France and Spain that called for establishing a no-fly zone over Aleppo. At the same time, the draft document put forward by Russia did not get nine votes necessary for adoption. The Russian draft expressed support to the initiative of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to pull out Jebhat al-Nusra (terrorist organization banned in Russia) militants from eastern Aleppo with the aim of ceasing hostilities. The document also stressed the importance of implementing the Russian-US agreements on ceasefire in Syria.

[Source: Itar Tass, United Nations, 09Oct16]

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