Russia says it will veto UN France Aleppo resolution
Date: 2016-12-18 18:50
France’s UN ambassador said the goal of its UN resolution is to avoid "mass atrocities" by Assad terrorists, and especially foreign militias, in eastern Aleppo which is now defenseless following the the latest events.
He told reporters before heading into closed Security Council consultations on the French-drafted resolution Sunday that its demands - safe evacuations, immediate and unconditional UN access to deliver humanitarian aid, and protection of medical facilities and personnel - "are very difficult to compromise."
Delattre stressed that "it’s a humanitarian resolution to save lives."
Delattre said "our goal is to avoid another or a new Srebrenica," a reference to the massacre of nearly 8,000 Bosnian Muslims who sought protection in the UN safe haven of Srebrenica in 1995 during the Bosnian war.
If Russia vetoes the resolution, he said France will seek an emergency special session of the UN General Assembly.
Russia says it will veto UN Aleppo resolution
Russia says it will veto a French-drafted UN resolution demanding immediate access to besieged areas of Aleppo and "neutral monitoring" of the evacuation of civilians.
Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters before Security Council consultations on the draft resolution Sunday that Moscow has no problem with any kind of monitoring. But he said the idea that monitors "should be told to go to wander around the ruins of eastern Aleppo without proper preparation and without informing everybody about what is going to happen - it has disaster written all over it."
He claims Russia has "some very simple ideas" - which he refused to disclose - to put to council members, and that if they agree a resolution could be adopted Sunday.