Russia Initiates Security Council Consultations On Syria, Libya
Voice of Russia
October 23, 2012
Russia calls for UNSC consultations on Syria, Libya
Russia has initiated a series of consultations at the UN Security Council on Tuesday on the situation in Syria and Libya.
A pair of Moscow-proposed draft statements on Syria condemns the October 21 terrorist attack in Damascus that left 13 people dead and welcomes the proposal by UN and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to call a ceasefire in Syria for the duration of the Id al-Adha Moslem holiday.
The draft on Libya calls on the Security Council members to voice concern over the situation in the violence-stricken city of Bani Walid and urge the Syrian authorities to step up efforts to peacefully end the conflict.
October 23, 2012
Russia initiates UN Security Council consultations on Syria and Libya
UNITED NATIONS: Russia has initiated consultations on the situation in Syria and Libya at the UN Security Council today, a well-informed source at the UN headquarters told Itar-Tass.
In the course of the consultations, the participants will consider three draft statements proposed by Russia: on support for the armistice in Syria proposed by the UN and Arab League’s special representative Lakhdar Brahimi, on the October 21 terrorist act in Damascus and on the situation in the Libyan city of Bani Walid.
“The delegation of a Western country has asked the Security Council to put off the deadline for decision-making on the issues so as to be able to have discussions with its capital and the Russian delegation initiated consultations on them in the meantime,” the sources said.
The Security Council is due to begin its meeting at 10:00 hours EDST /18:00 MSK/.
The two draft statements submitted by Russia condemn the terrorist act in Damascus and urge the Syrian government and the opposition for an armistice during the feast of Id al Adha /October 26 through to October 28/.
The draft statement for the mass media on the situation in Libya expresses serious concern over the situation in the Libyan city of Bani Walid, which was swept by armed clashes last week, and advises the Libyan authorities on an earliest possible settlement of the conflict by peaceful means.