United tions, Feb 24: After a day of hectic negotiations and three delays, the 10 elected members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) failed to get its five permanent members to compromise on a resolution for a 30-day ceasefire in war-torn Syria and to allow humanitarian aid to reach besieged areas. Council President for the month, Kuwait’s Permanent Representative Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi, on Friday night said they would try again to have a vote on the resolution on Saturday. Russia, which has veto powers, proposed amendments to the draft resolution introduced by Kuwait and Sweden when it was first scheduled for a vote on Thursday. Sweden’s Permanent Representative Olof Skoog hinted that the sticking point was when the ceasefire would start. The draft resolution wanted the ceasefire to start 72 hours after it was passed. But Russia may want to give Syria more time complete its attacks on East Ghouta, one of the last bastions of the opposition.
Compromise on Syria ceasefire resolution eluding UNSC
The relentless aerial bombing of the Damascus suburb precipitated the latest initiative in the Council to bring about a temporary truce so humanitarian relief can be sent there and other areas and medical evacuations carried out. The 10 elected members known as E10 have been trying to get Russia and the western countries — Britain, France and the US — to compromise.
Kazkhstan’s Permanent Representative Kairat Umarov underscored the solidarity of the E10 in forging an agreement on a ceasefire resolution as the humanitarian tragedy in Syria that has been described by UN officials as “hell on earth” unfolds. (IANS)