UN Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution drafted by
Russia that endorses a nationwide Syrian ceasefire, which was earlier
brokered by Moscow and Ankara.
Council members welcomed the agreements reached through the mediation
of Russia and Turkey, and stressed the importance of its “full
and immediate implementation.”
Security Council also expressed its support for the “efforts
taken by Russia and Turkey and aimed at stopping violence in Syria
and launching a political process.” Council
members stressed that they see the Astana meeting as an important
step in the process toward the reconciliation of the Syrian conflict.
UN body also reaffirmed its commitment to the “sovereignty,
independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab
and reiterated that the only way to resolve the Syrian crisis is to
begin a complex inter-Syrian political process.
countries expressed cautious optimism about the agreements brokered
by Moscow and Ankara. The US deputy ambassador to the UN, Michelle
Sison, said that the US expects the truce to be observed across the
whole of Syria while the British deputy UN envoy Peter Wilson said
that a system is required to independently monitor the ceasefire.
UN envoy Vitaly Churkin called on his colleagues not to confuse and
complicate the situation and not to discredit the agreements brokered
by Moscow and Ankara.
the same time, he expressed his gratitude to all UN Security Council
members and thanked them for their contribution to the peace process
in Syria. He particularly praised the role of Turkey in reaching the
went on to say that, if all Security Council members “focus
on the essence of the matter” and
put their private interests aside, the UN body is “capable
of taking important decisions.”
draft resolution prepared by Russia was officially presented to the
UNSC on Friday, a day after Moscow sent the texts of two agreements
signed by the Syrian government and seven armed opposition groups to
the UN body.
documents that “establish
a ceasefire as well as obliges the Syrian government and the
opposition to start direct talks in Astana in late January,” Russian
Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin told journalists on Friday,
speaking about the documents he presented at the Security Council
meeting together with a draft resolution supporting the ceasefire in
also said that all groups that genuinely want to join talks between
the Syrian government and the opposition in Astana scheduled for
early 2017 are welcome in the Kazakh capital.