Russia’s UN Envoy Calls on UNSC To not Discredit Ceasefire in Syria

TEHRAN- Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin called on his UNSC colleagues not to complicate the situation in Syria and not to discredit a ceasefire proposed by Russia and Turkey.

Churkin made the comments after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution welcoming a ceasefire agreement in Syria, presstv reported.

The nationwide ceasefire in Syria, which came into effect on Thursday midnight, has been largely holding, with most of the country witnessing a relative calm.

Churkin also called on other UNSC members for their aid as the peace process in Syria is a highly complicated and difficult process.

The deputy US permanent representative to the UN, Michele Sison, also hailed the vote, and voiced hopes that the ceasefire would hold.

“As we end 2016 we can all agree that it is time to end bloodshed in Syria. The ceasefire is still very fresh and the situation on the ground will develop in the coming days and weeks. But if this ceasefire holds then I sincerely hope that it can provide the foundation for a breakthrough in the wide political process and that 2017 turns out to be a far better year for the people of Syria than 2016 has been,” he said.

Since March 2011, Syria has been gripped by militancy it blames on some Western states and their regional allies.

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