UN Security Council has softened resolution on Syria
Members of the UN Security Council have agreed on a resolution on Syria. This was reported by Vitaly Churkin on the basis of four-hour consultations behind closed doors. During the day, the document will be sent to the capitals for review. In the draft of resolution on Syria, the Security Council has softened requirements for Damascus. Now it contains a direct appeal to President Bashar Assad to give up power. Also, the draft of the resolution doesn't consist the paragraph on cease arms shipments to Syria. These requirements were not accepted by Russia and China.
The text of the new draft of the UN Security Council resolution on Syria was changed. Now, the document does not imply the resign of President Bashar al-Assad and does not prohibit the supply of arms into the country.
Assad's resign was a key requirement of the League of Arab States (LAS). Now, the draft test doesn't include an item on the cease of the supply of arms to Syria, according to RIA Novosti.
On Wednesday, February 1, Russia's permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin said that Russia would vote against the resolution if it would be unacceptable to Moscow. Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia was not going to convince Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign. "Russia's policy is not to ask anyone to resign. Regime change is not our profession", he said, according to Dni.ru.
"In our view, this issue does not fall under the authority of UN Security Council. Security Council should not decide the fate of the internal political processes. We do not want this behavior becomes a habit, since as soon as this process begins, it would be difficult to end it. A next step could be the resolution that some King should resign, and what the Prime Minister should leave. The UN Security Council should not meddle in these issues", Russia's permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin said in turn, ZMAN.com reported.