Will the US/UK veto? Russia/China/France will not veto, obviously.
Draft resolution amended by Russia calls on U.N. teams to ensure safe passage for evacuees and immediate access to aid
Personally speaking... UN observers- untrustworthy- anytime. All this concern for the fighters- for the mercenaries- not for the ordinary people The fighters who, by the way, have just set fire to buses sent to evacuate starving, sick and injured persons from two predominantly shiite villages, in Idlib, who have been under seige by the US's thugs
The resolution drafted by France and amended by Russia calls for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon immediately to dispatch U.N. teams already on the ground in Syria to areas of eastern Aleppo to ensure safe passage for evacuees, as well as immediate access to humanitarian aid and the protection of medical personnel and hospitals, diplomats said.
The Council is expected to adopt the resolution unanimously in a vote on Monday, they said.
“We had intense negotiations,” said France’s Ambassador to the U.N., François Delattre, adding that the discussion was difficult but constructive and in good spirit.
Mr. Delattre said some members on the Council asked to delay the vote to Monday to give them time to consult with their capitals. He didn’t name them.
Diplomats didn’t offer details of the new text but said that compromise was reached with Russia to include language stating that the U.N. and international monitoring teams should consult with all the parties in the conflict before the teams are dispatched. While it didn’t mention the Syrian government, diplomats said, the understanding was that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime would be consulted.
U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power played down the concession to Russia, saying that it was inevitable that in a war zone “a number of elements” needed to be engaged. She said the text allowed for up to some 100 U.N. monitors to team up with international rescue organizations such as the Red Cross.
Still, a requirement to consult and coordinate with Syria’s government and involved parties—such as Russia, Iran and Shiite militia groups—leaves open the possibility that any of those parties could deny the monitors access.
The original text of the French resolution had asked for redeployment within five days of the U.N.’s “humanitarian staff already on the ground to carry out adequate, neutral monitoring, direct observation, and to report on evacuations from besieged parts of Aleppo and protection of civilians inside Aleppo."
Russia had threatened to veto it Sunday morning, with Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin calling it a “political provocation” that was bound to create “disaster” on the ground.
“The idea that they [monitors] should be told to go to wander around the ruins of eastern Aleppo without proper preparation and without informing everybody about what is going to happen, this has disaster written all over it,” Mr. Churkin said before heading to the Council meeting.When he left the meeting, Mr. Churkin said it had been “good hours of work.”
Evacuation of civilians and rebel fighters has been delayed and periodically suspended since Russia and Turkey brokered a cease-fire deal to allow safe passage for those trapped in eastern Aleppo. The operation stalled again Friday, with the Syrian regime and its opposition trading blame for an outbreak of gunfire. On Sunday, Syrian activists reported that al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups attacked and burned five buses en route to assist the evacuation of sick and injured people from two villages near Aleppo.As mentioned Russia & Turkey wage peace. Turkey gets two terror attacks in a week-
"Diplomats had warned that Russia’s rejection of the monitoring resolution would signal that Moscow and its allies wanted to remain in tight control of eastern Aleppo even in the aftermath of its fall to the regime and the thousands of civilians trapped in besieged areas with no food, medicine or heat.
“This is a way of ensuring that there are impartial observers and there is no possible reason to object to that unless you’re worried about what they’re going to find,” said the U.K.’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador Peter Wilson"
UN observers, never impartial. After all they are UN observers. Bias built in
What might be found..NATO operatives/officers...?????
hattip gallier2December 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM
if that reveals to be true it is huge. I had heard about it already several hours ago and it seems to slowly materialize. The Syrian army are said to have captured very high senior officers from the coalition of criminals, french, brits, us, qatar and saoudi. The article claims the UN security council is currently in a secret meeting to negotiate the issue. If true, it's huge.
PennyDecember 16, 2016 at 1:05 PM
Voltaire Network - The Security Council is sitting in private on Friday, December 16, 2016, at 17:00 GMT, while NATO officers were arrested this morning by the Syrian Special Forces in a bunker in East Aleppo.
WizOzDecember 18, 2016 at 1:16 AM
Penny, you have been quicker than me:
Global Research, December 17, 201621st Century Wire 16 December 2016
BREAKING: At Least 14 US Coalition Military Officers Captured by Syrian Forces in East Aleppo Bunker,By Patrick Henningsen and Vanessa Beeley,
WizOzDecember 18, 2016 at 1:36 AM
I should have added some more details:
"Fares Shehabi MP, a prominent Syrian Parliamentarian and head of Aleppo’s Chamber of Commerce published the names of the Coalition officers on his Facebook page on the 15th December (emphasis added):
Mutaz Kanoglu – Turkey
David Scott Winer – USA
David Shlomo Aram – Israel
Muhamad Tamimi – Qatar
Muhamad Ahmad Assabian – Saudi
Abd-el-Menham Fahd al Harij – Saudi
Islam Salam Ezzahran Al Hajlan – Saudi
Ahmed Ben Naoufel Al Darij – Saudi
Muhamad Hassan Al Sabihi – Saudi
Hamad Fahad Al Dousri – Saudi
Amjad Qassem Al Tiraoui – Jordan
Qassem Saad Al Shamry – Saudi
Ayman Qassem Al Thahalbi – Saudi
Mohamed Ech-Chafihi El Idrissi – Moroccan...
According to Alcharifi, captured “NATO” officers were from a number of member states including the US, France, Germany and Turkey, as well as Israel. Here is his statement (translated from French):
“Thanks to information received, Syrian authorities discovered the headquarters of high ranking western/NATO officers in the basement of an area in East Aleppo and have captured them alive. Some names have already been given to Syrian journalists, myself included. The nationalities are US, French, British, German, Israeli, Turkish, Saudi, Moroccan, Qatari etc. In light of their nationalities and their rank, I assure you that the Syrian government have a very important catch, which should enable them to direct negotiations with the countries that have tried to destroy them.
Although these initial reports describe the individuals in question as “NATO” officers, it’s unlikely they would have been carrying NATO colors on a covert operation – and might be more accurately labeled as US Coalition officers. Note that early reports suggest that these are not standard ‘street rebel’ or jihadi terrorists but actual Coalition military personnel and field commanders."