UN 21 Feb. /TASS/. Russia proposed the UN Security Council to hold Thursday an emergency meeting on the situation in the Damascus suburb of East ghouta. A request was voiced on Wednesday, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia at the security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security.
The discussion was attended by UN Secretary-General, antónio Guterres, who has called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Eastern ghouta for the provision of humanitarian assistance to the population.
“We have a specific proposal, the diplomat said. – We ask the [Kuwaiti] presidency, to collect tomorrow an open meeting of the Security Council to discuss the situation in Eastern ghouta. I think that’s necessary, given the concerns that we have heard today, to ensure that all parties can present their vision, understanding of the situation and propose ways out of it.”
Eastern ghouta, which is controlled by rebels and under siege from government troops, included in the list of regions of de-escalation, created in accordance with the agreement dated 4 may between the countries – guarantors of a ceasefire in Syria: Russia, Iran and Turkey. The UN regularly Express concern about the situation in the area, urging to create the conditions for delivery of humanitarian assistance. Speaking at a meeting on Wednesday, Deputy permanent representative of the UK argued that the East ghouta is “not the area of de-escalation, and zone of death and destruction”.
On Tuesday evening, antónio Guterres, in a written statement, expressed concern about the sharp deterioration of the situation in Eastern ghouta, where, according to incoming reports, over the past two days as a result of airstrikes and shelling killed more than 100 people. He called on Russia, Iran and Turkey to achieve a ceasefire in the area.