Security Council to discuss Russia draft on Ukraine

AFP , Monday 2 Jun 2014

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File Photo: Members of the United Nations Security Council raise their hands as they vote unanimously to approve a resolution eradicating Syria's chemical arsenal during a Security Council meeting during the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 27, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

The UN Security Council will discuss Monday a draft Russian resolution on creating a humanitarian corridor to allow Ukrainians to escape areas affected by fighting.

Moscow requested the meeting and informal consultations are scheduled to begin at 2000 GMT, kicking off Russia's one-month rotating presidency of the Security Council.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the resolution in a televised news conference from Moscow.

He said it would contain demands "to immediately create an aid corridor along which peaceful citizens can leave the regions where military activity is happening if they want."

"We want the Security Council to demand that no obstacles are put up to prevent the peaceful population from leaving the zones of military operations or to prevent the delivery of humanitarian aid to these zones," Lavrov said.

The resolution calls for "every assistance to the activities of the International Red Cross and other international humanitarian organizations in southeastern Ukraine," he added.

Lavrov said the draft was deliberately "depoliticized" and aimed at "taking measures that will allow the immediate easing of the suffering of the peaceful population."

Moscow has four times vetoed Western resolutions on the war in Syria, paralyzing Security Council efforts to end a conflict that has killed more than 160,000 people.

Lavrov said he hoped that the draft resolution on Ukraine "will be correctly received" by the UN Security Council and "taken up and acted upon immediately".

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