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Russian draft UN resolution calls for Syrian consent to fight


United Nations: Russia has presented a draft UN resolution that would strengthen the fight against terror groups like the Islamic State with the consent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, diplomats said today.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov presented the five-page text to the 15 Security Council members yesterday as Russian warplanes hit targets in Syria for the first time.

The draft resolution calls on “all states to participate to the extent possible in these efforts and to coordinate their activities with the consent of the states,” according to the text.

After presenting the draft resolution, Lavrov said he expected a “comprehensive discussion” over the coming weeks, but did not specify when it could come up for a vote in the Security Council.

It remained doubtful that the United States would back the measure.

The draft text is similar to a statement drafted by Moscow earlier this month that the United States blocked because of the reference to “consent of the states.”

President Vladimir Putin used his speech at the UN General Assembly this week to call for a broad coalition against IS jihadists that would include the Syrian army.

But the United States and its allies have ruled out cooperation with Assad’s regime, which they accuse of contributing to IS’s rise with a brutal war that has left more than 240,000 dead.

The draft resolution calls for action to clamp down on IS financing and “more active” requests to list the group’s supporters on the UN sanctions blacklist.

The Security Council in February unanimously adopted a resolution banning all trade in antiquities from Syria, and threatened sanctions against anyone buying oil from IS jihadists.

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