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Date for UNSC vote on cease-fire in Syria chosen

Source : 112 Ukraine

The 30-day cease-fire would allow UN to bring in humanitarian aid and evacuate civilians
10:42, 24 February 2018

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The vote on the project of a UN Security Council resolution on the 30-day cease-fire in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, is to take place on Feb. 24, at 12:00 p.m. local time, as Interfax reported sourcing the Russian diplomats at the UN HQ. 

It is noted that Kuwait’s U.N. Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaiba who was one of the sponsors of the cease-fire proposal also confirmed this information.

The proposed resolution would give the UN 30 days to bring in humanitarian aid and evacuate civilians.

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Previously, the vote on the resolution was blocked when Russia called the resolution “absolutely unrealistic” and made it clear it wouldn’t support it. Since Russia can veto any resolution of the Security Council, the vote was postponed.

The vote is important due to the increasing death toll and heavy casualties in the eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus. Incessant government airstrikes backed by Russia have killed some 400 people in less than a week, according to UN figures.

Related: Russian troops in Syria killed 5.783 civilians, - human rights advocates

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