Russia, Britain, France say possible U.N. Syria aid vote this week

MOSCOW/UNITED NATIONS Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:36pm EST

An empty fighters' post is seen around al-Rijeh square at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, south of Damascus February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

An empty fighters' post is seen around al-Rijeh square at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, south of Damascus February 18, 2014.

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MOSCOW/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A U.N. Security Council resolution to boost humanitarian aid access in war-torn Syria could be approved within days, Russia, Britain and France said on Wednesday, but Moscow warned against any attempts to "politicize" the issue.

Russia initially dismissed a Western- and Arab-backed draft resolution as an unjust bid to blame Damascus for the aid crisis in Syria, where the United Nations say some 9.3 million people, or nearly half of the country's population, need help.

Russia proposed a rival text and Australia, Jordan and Luxembourg have since wrapped some of Moscow's suggestions into their draft, which has become the basis for negotiations. But Western diplomats say there are still several key sticking points with Moscow to be overcome.

These include a threat to consider sanctions against those who block aid delivery, a demand that restrictions be lifted on cross-border humanitarian access and how the draft resolution describes the conflict and the weapons used, diplomats said.

"If nobody in the Security Council seeks to politicize this issue, to promote one-sided approaches, I am convinced we will be able to reach an agreement in the coming days," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a meeting of Gulf states in Kuwait on Wednesday, Interfax news agency reported.

Lavrov also said on Monday that Russia, a permanent Security Council member with veto power, would block the adoption of a resolution that allowed aid convoys to enter Syria without the consent of the country's government.

Russia, supported by China, has shielded Syria on the U.N. Security Council during the country's three-year-long civil war. They have vetoed three resolutions condemning Syria's government and threatening it with possible sanctions.

"I think we will go to a vote by the end of the week. There are only three points to solve so it will be quick to decide," French U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud told reporters, although he declined to elaborate on those points.

British U.N. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told reporters: "I think we will be in a position to vote this week, that's certainly our intention."

Western members of the Security Council have been considering a humanitarian resolution for almost a year. After months of talks, the council eventually adopted a non-binding statement on October 2 urging more access to aid, but that statement only produced a little administrative progress.

U.N. aid chief Valerie Amos last week urged the U.N. Security Council to act to increase humanitarian access in Syria. Amos has repeatedly expressed frustration that violence and red tape have slowed aid deliveries to a trickle.

The United Nations has said that well over 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war. The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said that more than 136,000 have been killed since a revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011.

(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Mark Heinrich and Jonathan Oatis)

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Comments (3)
sabrefencer wrote:
Putins Russia, says a lot…then, it may do the exact opposite, for it only deals with its self interest..i wouldn’t doubt, Putin arranging a deal for supplies and sabotaging it the very second it gets going…haven’t we learned a thing yet??? from allowing the Putin lackeys to manage the chemical weapon withdrawals…what a joke!!! 4% in many months..trust Putin for anything, you will lose it all, in the end..

Feb 19, 2014 10:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:
“A revolt against his family’s 44-year-old rule began in March 2011.”

B.s. There is nothing internal about the Syrian conflict. It’s all about an attempt to overthrow the Syrian government and install a Western puppet government.

The US congress gave the administration an authorization to attack Syria since the Syrian Accountability and Lebanon Sovereinty Restoration Act in 2004.

Following its passage Israel attcked Lebanon(and Syria) for no reason in 2006 and was defeated.

What we’re witnessing in Syria is a different way to implement that Congress resolution, this time using expandable jihadist mercenaries and some radical brainwashed Syrians instead of Israel.

Wesley Clark told us that that the US made a decision to destroy seven countries in 5 years and Syria was among them. The General asked why, the people in Pentagon responded just because we can. The interview is on the internet for everyone to see. All you need to do is google “Wesley Clark 7 years”. And Wesley Clark has been banned from “free” U.S.media

So talking about an alleged revolt about 44 years of rule is nonsense. The revolt was a ruse. The uprising was staged to provide Western media oultets with a narrative to mislead the public.

Why is it that there is no revolt for 100 years of Saudi family rule? And why is “Arab Spring” stuck in Syria while there are many other Arab countries?

Feb 19, 2014 12:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:
“A revolt against his family’s 44-year-old rule began in March 2011.”

B.s. There is nothing internal about the Syrian conflict. It’s all about an attempt to overthrow the Syrian government and install a Western puppet government.

The US congress gave the administration an authorization to attack Syria since the Syrian Accountability and Lebanon Sovereinty Restoration Act in 2004.

Following its passage Israel attcked Lebanon(and Syria) for no reason in 2006 and was defeated.

What we’re witnessing in Syria is a different way to implement that Congress resolution, this time using expandable jihadist mercenaries and some radical brainwashed Syrians instead of Israel.

Wesley Clark told us that that the US made a decision to destroy seven countries in 5 years and Syria was among them. The General asked why, the people in Pentagon responded just because we can. The interview is on the internet for everyone to see. All you need to do is google “Wesley Clark 7 years”. And Wesley Clark has been banned from “free” U.S.media

So talking about an alleged revolt about 44 years of rule is nonsense. The revolt was a ruse. The uprising was staged to provide Western media oultets with a narrative to mislead the public.

Why is it that there is no revolt for 100 years of Saudi family rule? And why is “Arab Spring” stuck in Syria while there are many other Arab countries?

Feb 19, 2014 12:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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