UN Security Council Unable to Agree on Syria Resolution

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault votes in favor of a draft resolution during a meeting of Members of Security Council at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, U.S., October 8, 2016. | Photo: Reuters
France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault votes in favor of a draft resolution during a meeting of Members of Security Council at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, U.S., October 8, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

A French-drafted resolution was vetoed by Russia, while a Russian-drafted resolution also failed to garner enough support.

Russia vetoed a French-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution on Saturday that would have demanded an end to air strikes and military flights over Syria’s city of Aleppo, while a rival Russian draft text failed to get a minimum nine votes in favor.

Moscow’s text was effectively the French draft with Russian amendments. It removed the demand for an end to air strikes on Aleppo and put the focus back on a failed Sept. 9 U.S./Russia ceasefire deal, which was annexed to the draft.

Russia only gained the support of China, Venezuela and Egypt for its draft resolution. Angola and Uruguay abstained, while the remaining nine council members voted against.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who is council president for October, described the dual votes on Saturday as one of the “strangest spectacles in the history of the Security Council.”

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SOURCES: News Now/Telesur Online

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