U.N. Humanitarian Resolution On Syria Threatened After Russia, China Fail To Show Up

News outlets report on talks surrounding a U.N. humanitarian resolution on Syria, which threaten to unravel after Russian and Chinese representatives failed to show up on Monday.

Agence France-Presse: U.N. to press Russia on Syria humanitarian resolution
“U.N. diplomats resumed the task of trying to persuade Russia to back a new humanitarian resolution on Syria on Monday, after earlier efforts met with a firm refusal…” (2/10).

New York Times: Russia and China Skip Security Council Meeting on Humanitarian Aid to Syria
“The morning after an aid convoy came under fire when it tried to reach a besieged Syrian city, a meeting here on a draft resolution that would force all parties in the bloody conflict to allow access for humanitarian organizations fell apart when representatives from Russia and China failed to show up, United Nations Security Council diplomats said…” (Sengupta, 2/10).

Reuters: Russia, China snub U.N. talks on draft Syria aid access resolution
“Russia and China on Monday rebuffed the United States, France and Britain and other states by failing to attend negotiations on a draft U.N. Security Council resolution to boost aid access in Syria, diplomats said. Australia, Luxembourg and Jordan on Thursday presented their draft to the five veto-wielding council powers and were due to meet with them on Monday, but Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, and Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi did not attend…” (Nichols/Charbonneau, 2/11).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Syria war turns the clock back 30 years — Egeland
“The war in Syria has undone 30 years of progress in humanitarian work and has sent a dangerous message that mass murder can be carried out with impunity, said former humanitarian chief Jan Egeland…” (Migiro, 2/10).

Wall Street Journal: Homs Siege Sets Grim Tone for Peace Talks
“Hundreds of the sick and starving trapped here by civil war were rescued this weekend after a United Nations convoy rolled through mortar shells and sniper bullets into this besieged city, setting a grim tone as peace talks resumed in Geneva on Monday…” (Dagher, 2/9).

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