Monday, June 3, 2013

Russia Blocks UN's Syrian Declaration

Russia has blocked British-drafted UN Security Council declaration that criticizes the Syrian regime’s offensive in the strategic town of Qusair in Syria. Russia called the draft text “unilateral” and “not reflecting the real situation in Syria, particularly in Qusair,” which is close to the border with Lebanon. A diplomat said Moscow blocked the document as the UN had failed to make a statement when the rebels seized the town. According to UN figures, some 1,500 wounded civilians have been trapped in the besieged Syrian town and are in need of emergency. The UK-drafted UN statement said the Syrian government must allow “immediate, full and unimpeded access” to UN humanitarian agencies to reach the civilians in Qusair. (video)

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