Russia initiates UN Security Council consultations on Syria and Libya
UNITED NATIONS, October 23 (Itar-Tass) – Russia has initiated consultations on the situation in Syria and Libya at the UN Security Council today, a well-informed source at the UN headquarters told Itar-Tass.
In the course of the consultations, the participants will consider three draft statements proposed by Russia – on support for the armistice in Syria proposed by the UN and Arab League’s special representative Lakhdar Brahimi, on the October 21 terrorist act in Damascus and on the situation in the Libyan city of Bani Walid.
“The delegation of a Western country has asked the Security Council to put off the deadline for decision-making on the issues so as to be able to have discussions with its capital and the Russian delegation initiated consultations on them in the meantime,” the sources said.
The Security Council is due to begin its meeting at 10:00 hours EDST /18:00 MSK/.
The two draft statements submitted by Russia condemn the terrorist act in Damascus and urge the Syrian government and the opposition for an armistice during the feast of Id al Adha /October 26 through to October 28/.
The draft statement for the mass media on the situation in Libya expresses serious concern over the situation in the Libyan city of Bani Walid, which was swept by armed clashes last week, and advises the Libyan authorities on an earliest possible settlement of the conflict by peaceful means.