24 Feb '18, 6pm

UN diplomats locked in talks on Syria ceasefire

NEW YORK (AFP) - A UN Security Council meeting to vote on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria failed to start as scheduled at 1700 GMT on Saturday (Feb 24) as negotiations continued in an effort to avert a Russian veto, diplomats said. It was not immediately known if the vote would be postponed on a draft resolution demanding a truce to allow humanitarian aid deliveries and the evacuation of the sick and wounded. US Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters as she went into the council chamber: "Today we are going to see if Russia has a conscience." Russia is supporting the Syrian government, and the UN negotiations have stumbled over Russian demands that rebel groups fighting government forces comply with the truce. Negotiations on Friday led to amendments to the proposed measure, which now states that the ceasefire will begin "without delay," not after 72 hours as provided in a prev...

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