Russia, China block U.N. demand for seven-day Aleppo truce

  • TheTick Times Tuesday Dec 06, 2016

Russia said on Monday it would start talks with Washington on an opposition withdrawal from Aleppo this week as Russian-backed Syrian forces fought to seize more territory from rebels who are struggling to avoid a major defeat.
Churkin argued that action by the Security Council should be postponed to allow time for those talks.

"That is a made-up alibi," Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Michele Sison told the council.

"We have not reached a breakthrough because Russia has been more focused on preserving its military gains than helping Aleppo's citizens," she said. "We will not let Russia string along this Security Council while waiting for a compromise from the Russians that never seems to come."

British U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft expressed surprise that China had joined Russia in vetoing the resolution, which would have also demanded humanitarian aid access and an end to the violence throughout Syria.

"(Russia and China) have chosen to veto not because of a lack of consultation, but because of their long-standing, misplaced faith in a despot who has killed nearly half a million of his own people," Rycroft said.

Chinese U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi said the vote on the draft text should have been delayed to allow for more negotiations to reach council consensus and accused Rycroft of "poisoning" the atmosphere and "abusing" the forum with his remarks.

New Zealand U.N. Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen said the failure to act was "deeply damaging to the council's reputation and catastrophic for the people of Syria."

(Reuters)

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