Friday, February 14, 2014

UNSC working for Syrian crisis resolution

UN Security Council members are trying to find common ground on draft resolutions to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Earlier this week, Australia and other nations submitted a draft resolution to the Security Council aimed at ending the violence and improving aid access in Syria.

UN Undersecretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos briefed the 15-member council on the humanitarian crisis in Syria on Thursday.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin submitted the country's own proposal. Churkin also revealed that Russia is preparing a statement that criticizes Islamic militants. These extremists are gaining power among the anti-government forces.
Amos told reporters after the meeting that action and implementation are needed on the ground.

The United Nations is currently mediating peace talks between the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition forces. But fierce fighting has continued, leaving three million people without sufficient aid.

Last year, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution on the disposal of chemical weapons in Syria. But western powers and Russia remain at odds over further measures to end the crisis.