İrem UZUN -TDO- After the concerns have accelerated vastly regarding the conflict could become the century's worst humanitarian crisis, UN Security Council has called a resolution for a ceasefire in Syria's war-torn Idlib province. However, Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution.
The resolution said, "All parties shall immediately cease hostilities to avoid a further deterioration of the already catastrophic humanitarian situation in Idlib Governorate, beginning at noon Damascus time on 21 September 2019". During negotiations on the draft, Russia pressed unsuccessfully to include an exception for "anti-terrorist operations".
While the ambassadors of Belgium, Kuwait and Germany had strongly urged that the resolution should not be vetoed, calling it a “purely humanitarian” measure, Russia's UN envoy Vasily Nebenzya said ahead of the vote, "our text is characterized by an exclusively humanitarian approach and does not contain any politicized passages". The representatives of Russia stated that their proposal would have allowed for ongoing military operations against "terrorists" and other groups proscribed by the UN.
It was the 13th time Russia vetoed a resolution on the Syrian conflict and the seventh in the case of China.