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Russian Drafted UNSC Statement on Aleppo Agreed After 2 Extensions

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 5, original 11:50 am, update 12:06 pm -- After agreeing to the UN Security Council's press statement Thursday on Akcakale in Turkey, Russian Permanent Representative Vitaly Churkin told the press that his draft statement on the terrorist attack in Aleppo was "under silence" until 10 a.m. on Friday.

  This meant if no member broke or extended silence, it would be adopted.

  But at 10 a.m., there was no UN Television camera at the Security Council stakeout. Inner City Press has learned that silence was, in face, "extended twice." But then it was agreed, to be read out at noon:

Security Council Press Statement on terrorist attacks in Aleppo

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Aleppo, Syria on 3 October, causing dozens of deaths and over one hundred civilians injured, responsibility for which was claimed by the Jebhat al-Nusra group affiliated with Al-Qaeda. They expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of these heinous acts and to the people of Syria.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations.

The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.

  Yesterday we asked, what changed in the 22 hours between the silence procedure being broken by Russia and the statement's read-out by Council President Gert Rosenthal on Thursday evening? A reference to "international peace and security" was removed, and nine words added: "The members of the Security Council called for restraint.".And we'll ask about this one. Watch this site.

Update of 12:06 pm - Inner City Press asked UNSC President Rosenthal if silence was extended -- yes, one or two governments, he said, but no changes to text.

It seems that the claim of credit by an Al Qaeda affiliate militated for agreement on the statement - not necessary the nature of the act itself....

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