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Russia and China Block a Draft Security Council Resolution Aiming at Protecting Terrorists in Idleb

NEW YORK, (ST)-Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a draft Security Council resolution, submitted by Germany, Belgium and Kuwait, aiming at providing protection to the terrorists in Idleb through calling for a halt to all combat operations in the province.

Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said that his country blocked the resolution because it aims at saving the terrorists in Idleb and ignores the question of fighting terrorism in Syria.

 On his part, Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar Al-Jaafari affirmed during a Security Council session on Thursday that Syria rejects the draft resolution as it ignores the main causes behind the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria, namely the internationally-backed terrorism and the illegal presence of foreign troops in the country.

He said that the draft resolution also ignores the fact that terrorist organizations are not included in the cessation of hostilities agreement and this contradicts the understandings and deals reached in Astana and Sochi meetings.

Czech PM Calls for Collective International Action to Help Syrian Refugees Return Home

PRAGUE, (ST)- Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has called for a collective international action to end the crisis in Syria and facilitate the return of the Syrian refugees who left their country because of terrorism.

 “The only solution to the refugee crisis is their return to their homeland,” Babis said in a statement to “Parliamentary Papers” website, calling for a more effective UN role in this regard.

Slovak News Agency sheds light on the Syrian civilization

The Slovak News Agency published a report shedding light on the Syrian civilization and its ancient history as well as its important sites and cultures that constitute a pivotal crossroad in civilizations.

“Syria is an attractive country not only due to its long history, but also due to its charming nature” the report clarified.

The report added that Syria encompasses many important historical sites such as Palmyra, Aleppo, Bosra, Krack des Chevaliers and other archeological monuments, some of which are enlisted by UNESCO.

Sabbagh: Syria cooperates with the IAEA with full transparency

On September 18, Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Vienna, Ambassador Bassam al-Sabbagh, said that Syria has cooperated with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with full transparency and exercised the utmost flexibility regarding the application of its safeguard agreement.

He pointed out that the Agency's annual reports on its implementation, which was issued last year, announced the Syria's commitment and full fulfillment under the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons ( NPT).

Al-Nusra terrorists in Idleb prevent civilians from leaving via Abu al-Duhour corridor, taking them as human shields

For the sixth consecutive day, al-Nusra terrorist organization and the terrorist  groups affiliated to it  in Idleb province continue using civilians as human shields and preventing them from leaving via Abu al-Duhour corridor in Idleb’s southeastern countryside.

SANA reporter added that the Syrian Arab Army, in cooperation with the authorities concerned, have prepared a number of ambulances and buses at the safe side of the corridor for receiving the civilians who are willing to leave Idleb to transport them to temporary housing shelters, pointing to the Syrian Arab Army’s establishment of a medical post to receive the patients and offer them the necessary treatment.