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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Russia draft resolution on Aleppo

The Security Council,
PP1: Recalling all its relevant resolutions, especially 2139 (2014), 2165 (2014), 2191 (2014), 2258 (2015) and 2286 (2016),
PP2: Reaffirming its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic,
PP3: Recalling the need for all parties to respect the relevant provisions of international humanitarian law and the United Nations guiding principles of humanitarian emergency assistance,
PP4: Alarmed by the continued deterioration of the devastating humanitarian situation in Aleppo and by the fact that urgent humanitarian evacuations and assistance are now needed by Aleppo inhabitants in vulnerable situation,

  1. Takes note of the efforts to carry out evacuations of civilians and fighters from the districts of the city of Aleppo affected by the conflict;
  2. Stresses that these evacuations must be conducted in accordance with international humanitarian law and principles and emphasizes that the evacuations of civilians must be voluntary and to final destinations of their choice, and protection must be provided to all civilians who choose or who have been forced to be evacuated and those who opt to remain in their homes;
  3. Stresses the importance to ensure the voluntary, safe and dignified passage of all civilians of parts of Aleppo affected by the conflict, under the monitoring of and coordination by the United Nations, to a destination of their choice; stresses that in such circumstances, priority should be given to the most seriously wounded people and the most vulnerable;
  4. Demands that all parties allow complete, immediate, unconditional, safe and unhindered access for the United Nations and its implementing partners, in order to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches people through the most direct route in order to meet basic needs, including the provision of medical care, consistent with the provisions of its resolution 2258 (2015) for the whole of Syria and respect and protect all civilians in Aleppo, and throughout Syria; stresses that all parties must respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and, in particular, to respect and protect civilians and civilian objects;
  5. Calls on all parties to respect and protect all medical and humanitarian personnel and facilities, their means of transport and equipment, throughout the country, consistent with its resolution 2286 (2016);
  6. Requests the Secretary General to provide arrangements, including security arrangements, in coordination with the interested parties, to allow the United Nations personnel to monitor the condition of civilians remaining in Aleppo in light of international humanitarian law;
  7. Requests the Secretary General to report to the Security Council on the implementation of this resolution, within (5) days of its adoption;
  8. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter. 
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