UN Security Council to vote on rival Syria resolutions Saturday

October 8, 2016 02:24

The United Nations Security Council will vote on Saturday on rival draft resolutions on Syria - a French text requiring an end to air strikes and military flights over Aleppo city and a Russian text that is similar but does not include that demand.

The French draft resolution appears doomed to be vetoed by Russia. Moscow's text is effectively the French draft with Russian amendments that put the focus back on a failed Sept. 9 US/Russia ceasefire deal, which is annexed to the draft.

"This is a cynical attempt to divert attention away from the bombing of Aleppo," British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said of the Russian draft.

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