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UN Security Council approves Russian-drafted resolution on Syria ceasefire

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 1, IRNA -- The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) member states unanimously approved the Russian-drafted resolution about the Syria ceasefire on Saturday.

Russia and Turkey declared ceasefire in Syria last week. This is the third attempt of the kind in the past Christian year to end a conflict which has been ongoing in the country.

The UN Security Council held closed-door consultations about the Russian drafted-resolution and the future peace talks to be held in the Kazakhstan capital, Astana.

Last week, consultations over the Syria crisis accelerated and Tehran, Moscow and Ankara held negotiations and issued the Syria statement. The negotiations are expected to continue in Astana.

However, before the meeting between the Syrian government and the opposition groups in Astana, the Russian President Vladimir Putin declared inking agreement between his government and the opposition.

The measure will certainly facilitate settlement of Syria crisis. The Russian-drafted resolution which was finally approved after amendments includes mechanisms for observing the Syria truce.

The field developments including terrorists' heavy defeat in Aleppo and its psychological and security effects forced the Syrian opposition and their supporters to accept the ceasefire without any condition and to come to the negotiation table.

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