Russia, China block UN motion on Idlib, say motion would protect terrorists

OAN NewsroomUPDATED 6:44 AM PT — Friday, September 20, 2019
Russia and China have vetoed a proposed United Nation resolution to end fighting in the Syrian province of Idlib. During a UN Security Council meeting in New York Thursday, the two countries argued the draft resolution would protect terror groups entrenched in the rebel-held areas. The Russian envoy said the proposal would serve the interests of just one side of the conflict.
The motion was proposed by Germany, Belgium, and Kuwait. It called for an unconditional ceasefire and a withdrawal of troops. Britain’s deputy UN envoy said any motion would be good enough to save civilian lives in Idlib.

United Nations Security Council vote on a humanitarian draft resolution for Syria, which fail to gain the support of Russia and China, Thursday Sept. 19, 2019 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
“The Security Council must act to protect civilians in Idlib. That is why we fully support the humanitarian penholders — Belgium, Kuwait and Germany — on their proposed resolution. We will be voting in favor, in favor of protecting civilians.”
— Jonathan Allen, Deputy Permanent Representative to UN – U.K.
Meanwhile, the French envoy called for a political solution to the Syrian conflict, including an agreement between the Assad government and the rebels to change the nation’s constitution.
FILE – In this file photo, a fighter of Syrian opposition stands at a checkpoint in northwestern city of Idlib, Syria. The U.N. Security Council is facing rival resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria’s last rebel stronghold in Idlib, “to avoid a further deterioration of the already catastrophic humanitarian situation.” (Ugur Can/DHA via AP, File)

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