Russia says US refuses to share Syria truce deal with UN council

By REUTERS
September 17, 2016 05:32

UNITED NATIONS - Russia said on Friday that a UN Security Council endorsement of a Syria ceasefire deal between Moscow and Washington appeared unlikely because the United States does not want to share the documents detailing the agreement with the 15-member body.

Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin and US Ambassador Samantha Power had been due to brief the council behind closed-doors on Friday but that was canceled at the last minute.

"The main problem ... which in my mind makes it impossible to produce any resolution, is that they are refusing to give those documents to members of the Security Council or even to read those documents to the members of the Security Council," Churkin told reporters.

"We believe that we cannot ask them (council members) to support documents which they haven't seen," said Churkin, suggesting there was lack of unity in US President Barack Obama's administration toward the agreement.

The US mission to the United Nations said it could not agree with Russia on a way to brief the council that would "not compromise the operational security of the arrangement."



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