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Russia, France reach UN compromise on Syria

Published:Monday | December 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM

BEIRUT (AP):

Russia and France have announced agreement on a compromise UN resolution to deploy UN monitors to eastern Aleppo to ensure safe evacuations and immediate delivery of humanitarian aid.

France's UN Ambassador Francois Delattre told reporters after more than three hours of closed consultations Sunday that the Security Council will vote on the compromise resolution at 9 a.m. EST on Monday.

He said some countries want to report to their capitals overnight and "hopefully, we'll have a positive vote", but he said he was still "cautious at this stage".

Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters before consultations that Moscow could not accept the French draft resolution unless it was changed and he presented council members with a rival text.

As he left the consultations Sunday afternoon, Churkin told reporters: "I think we put in some good hours of work and I think we have a good text, and we're going to vote tomorrow morning."

Delattre said approval of the resolution "would give us, collectively, the tools to avoid ... a situation in which after the end of major military operations, forces including militias, would commit mass atrocities".

He said it would also "give us some leverage to try to open the way to a broader ceasefire and towards political negotiations".