Certain UNSC Member States Still Seeking Aggravating the Crisis in Syria: Churkin

MOSCOW, (ST)- Russia's Permanent Representative the United Nations Vitaly Churkin has stressed that some Security Council member countries are seeking aggravating the crisis in Syria instead of working to attain peace through political settlement.

"Work at the Security Council regarding Syria wasn't easy at all, because certain Council member countries, let be honest, have from the very beginning contributed  to creating the crisis in Syria and they are still playing an inciting role and seeking more aggravation in the country without giving up their goals in overthrowing the legitimate government in Syria," Churkin told the Russian "Izvestia" newspaper.

 He said "the diplomats of these countries rarely make constructive suggestions, rather, they seek distorting the image of the Syrian authorities and Russia."

"Despite these difficulties, some positive resolutions were adopted late last year that helped reduce clashes such as the Security Council's Resolutions Nos. 2328 and 2336," Churkin added, pointing out that the ability of UNSC to adopt these two resolutions indicates the fact that the council members can reach agreements on complicated issues if they care for the interests of each other and abandon their own agendas.

On December 19, 2016, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution No. 2328 on sending international observers to Aleppo to supervise the process of evacuating the terrorists and their families and the delivery of humanitarian aid to the city. The resolution affirms the need to maintain the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic.

On December 31, the Council also unanimously adopted Resolution No. 2336 which was prepared by Russia to support the cessation of hostilities agreement in Syria and the launching of a political process to solve the crisis in the country.

Hamda Mustafa