US tables draft to UNSC calling for ceasefire in Syria

The US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Monday presented to the UN Security Council a draft resolution demanding an immediate 30-day ceasefire in Syria’s rebel-held Eastern Ghouta.

The draft asks the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to work out a mechanism for monitoring the truce and the movement of civilians, Haley said after distributing the draft to the Council members during a session on the situation in Syria.

She said, noting that the draft calls for evacuation of the wounded persons and easy access of humanitarian aid to civilians in the besieged enclave.

Ambassador Haley warned that if the Council fails to pass the draft, Washington is prepared to take action on its own.

She recalling the US missile attack on a Syrian Shayrat Airbase last April following a deadly chemical attack by the Syrian regime on Khan Shaykhun town, southern Idlib Governorate, northwest Syria.

“It is not the path we prefer, but it is a path we have demonstrated we will take, and we are prepared to take again. When the international community consistently fails to act, there are times when states are compelled to take their own action,” Haley made clear Referring to the UNSC Resolution 2401, unanimously passed on February 24, she said it was a failure, adding, “We have drafted a new cease-fire resolution that provides no room for evasion.” Meanwhile, French Ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre reiterated the call for Russia to work for ceasefire in Syria and prevent the fall of more innocent civilians in the conflict.

Russia has influence on the Syrian regime and takes part in the ongoing hostilities, so it can apply pressures on the Syrian regime in order to halt the onslaught on Eastern Gouta, he pointed out.

Paris is resolute in its opposition to any use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, he said, noting that the international community must work to prevent the Syrian forces from storming Eastern Ghouta.

The offensive launched by Syrian regular troops on the enclave, located some 10 km to the east of central Damascus, entered its fourth week. More than 1,000 people were killed in addition to scores of wounded civilians in the military operation which divided the area into northern and southern parts.

Source: Kuwait News Agency