Security Council fails to reach "common ground" regarding Aleppo truce

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Al-Riad shelter, Aleppo, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero

Members of the UN Security Council have failed to reach a "common ground" regarding a decision to call for a seven-day truce in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

That's what Egypt's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, told reporters at UN headquarters on Monday.

The UN resolution was drafted by Egypt, New Zealand and Spain.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

The resolution called for parties to the Syrian conflict to cease "any and all attacks" in the city of Aleppo and to allow urgent humanitarian needs to be addressed for a period of 7 days.

The cessation of hostilities would not apply to "offensive or defensive" action against Al Nusra, ISIL and other terrorist groups designated by the UN Security Council.

Ambassador Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta had this to say.

"It is unfortunate that the Council could not find a common ground concerning the resolution. This draft resolution was extremely humanitarian without any political agenda. The aim of this resolution was to ease the suffering of the Syrian people, specifically in Aleppo."

In a strongly worded statement, the UK Ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, condemned Russia for "blocking meaningful and credible action" in Syria for the sixth time in five years.

Russia was holding the Security Council to ransom as well as the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children currently "enduring hell" in Aleppo, he said.

China has also vetoed the resolution despite its repeated pronouncements against "politicisation," Ambassador Rycroft noted, adding that the ceasefire would have let aid in and helped starving children.

The UK has allocated USD $900 million for humanitarian aid in Syria.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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