Security Council adopts resolution No. 2268 on cessation of combat activities in Syria

New York, SANA – The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted resolution No. 2268 on cessation of combat activities in Syria.

The council reiterated commitment to Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, voicing support to settle the crisis in Syria through the UN, based on Geneva Statement and Vienna declarations.

Members of the Council called on UN Secretary General and his Special Envoy for Syria to resume the Syrian-Syrian dialogue as soon as possible.

Prior to the voting, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura underlined that there is no substitute to the political solution to the crisis in Syria.

Concerning the Syrian-Syrian talks, de Mistura announced his intention to resume the talks on March 7th provided that “halting the fighting acts and continuing the process if delivering the humanitarian aid to the people in need.”

Russia and the United States had distributed the draft resolution earlier, in which ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and other terrorist organizations were excluded from the cessation of combat activities.

In a statement after the Council adopted the resolution, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov stressed the need to stop the support provided for terrorist organizations by foreign sides because that hinders the political solution for the crisis in Syria.

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