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Russian Syria Draft UN Resolution Put Online by ICP, Panned by US

By Matthew Russell Lee, Must Credit

UNITED NATIONS, July 10 -- At first Inner City Press only heard of the Syria draft resolution circulated late Tuesday afternoon to all Security Council members.

  Then Inner City Press asked and heard what some of the other Council members thought of it.

  US Ambassador Susan Rice exclusively told Inner City Press that Russia's draft is "insufficient."

  On the other hand, two non-Western countries on the Council told Inner City Press they "loved" the draft, that it is "very good, very well timed."

  Now, Inner City Press has obtained a copy of the draft and its pasting it below:

July 10, 2012 – V.0



The Security Council,

Recalling its resolutions 2042 (2012) and 2043 (2012), as well as its presidential statements of 3 August 2011, 21 March 2012 and 5 April 2012, and also recalling all relevant resolutions of the General Assembly,

Reaffirming its support to the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Kofi Annan, and his six-point proposal approved by the relevant SC resolutions,

Welcoming the Final Communiqué adopted at the Action Group for Syria ministerial meeting in Geneva on 30 June 2012 (annexed to this resolution) and urging the member states and all Syrian parties to fully comply with its provisions and to implement them in their entirety,

Condemning the widespread violations of human rights by the Syrian authorities, as well as any human rights abuses by armed groups, recalling that those responsible shall be held accountable, and expressing its profound regret at the death of many thousands of people in Syria,

Expressing concern over ongoing violence, and noting the lack of progress in implementation of the Envoy's six-point peace plan by the Syrian parties,

Commending the role and efforts of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), expressing the readiness to extend its mandate and taking note of the Secretary-General's report on the implementation of Resolution 2043 (2012), and observations contained therein to this end (S/2012/523),

Expressing also its appreciation of the humanitarian assistance that has been provided to Syria by other states,

Reaffirming its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria, and to the purposes and principles of the Charter,

1. Decides to extend the mandate of UNSMIS for a period of three months taking into account the Secretary-General's recommendations contained in paragraphs 67-71 of his report, and stresses the need for UNSMIS to have a military observer capability to conduct effective verification and fact-finding tasks.

2. Calls upon all Syrian parties to guarantee the safety of UNSMIS personnel without prejudice to its freedom of movement and access, and stresses that the primary responsibility in this regard lies with the Syrian authorities;

3. Strongly urges all parties in Syria to cease immediately all armed violence in all its forms;

4. Reaffirms its support for and calls for the urgent, comprehensive and immediate implementation of all elements of the Envoy's six-point proposal as annexed to resolution 2042 (2012) and the Final Communiqué adopted at the Action Group ministerial meeting in Geneva on 30 June, 2012;

5. Urges the Government of Syria and opposition groups to immediately commence the implementation of the provisions of the Final Communiqué, including the principles and guidelines on a Syrian-led transition, stressing that it is for the Syrian people to find a political solution and that the Syrian parties must be prepared to put forward effective and mutually acceptable interlocutors to work with the Joint Special Envoy towards a Syrian-led settlement;

6Urges all member states to work in the spirit of the Final Communiqué and cooperate in good faith with the Joint Special Envoy in his efforts to facilitate a Syrian-led political process;

7Expresses its concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria, including the growing numbers of the refugees and internally displaced persons in the country and in bordering states, and welcomes in this regard the tireless efforts by the international humanitarian agencies to address the basic needs of the population affected by the crisis;

8. Urges all Syrian parties to grant a full and unimpeded humanitarian access of the humanitarian personnel to those in need and reiterates its call for them to observe the necessary humanitarian pause to ensure the evacuation of civilians from fighting-affected areas;

9. Requests the Secretary-General to report immediately to the Security Council any obstructions to the effective operation of UNSMIS by any party;

10. Expresses its intention to assess the implementation of this resolution and to consider further steps as appropriate;

11. Decides to remain seized of the matter.

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