U.N.’s Big Five endorse draft resolution on Syria

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U.N. Security Council meeting. File photo

The five United Nations Security Council veto powers have agreed the text of a draft resolution to endorse an international roadmap for a Syria peace process and the 15-member body is expected to adopt it later on Friday, diplomats said.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, was phoning each of the remaining 10 members of the council to brief them on the text, said diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

The four-page draft, seen by Reuters, backs a nationwide ceasefire in Syria to come into effect “as soon as the representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition have begun initial steps towards a political transition under U.N. auspices.”

It also asks U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to report back within one month on options for a ceasefire monitoring, verification and reporting mechanism.

The draft asked the United Nations to convene representatives of the Syrian government and opposition for formal negotiations with a target start date of January.

It “demands that all parties immediately cease any attacks against civilians and civilian objects” and “stresses that the Syrian people will decide the future of Syria.”

Source: Reuters

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