UN Security Council fails to implement week-long ceasefire in Aleppo

18:54, 6 December 2016

The United Nations Security Council failed to adopt a resolution calling for a week-long truce in Aleppo that would allow humanitarian aid to reach people trapped in the war-ravaged Syrian city.

The draft resolution blocked by the negative votes of Russia and China, which are the permanent members and have veto right. Venezuela also voted against. 11 Security Council members supported the resolutions, Ukraine is among them. Angola abstained.

The UN states that there are 200 000 people living in rebels-held Eastern Aleppo. The resolution called all the parties of the conflict to cease fire for humanitarian aid. Moscow explained that the pause may be used by the rebels, whom they call the terrorists, to strengthen their positions. Ukraine’s permanent representative to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko condemned the blocking by Russia and China of the resolution.

"The methods used by Russia and the forces under its control in Donbas are exactly the same way they now use in Syria. First they intervene and then they play the role of mediator," Yelchenko said.