U.N. Security Council concerned about northeast Syria, U.S., China, Europeans urge ceasefire
By Michelle Nichols
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -
The council said nothing on northeast Syria after it met last Thursday. Council statements are agreed by consensus and Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said at the time the council “should take into account other aspects of the Syrian crisis not just the Turkish operation.”
After Wednesday’s meeting the United States, China and the council’s five European
“China calls for the immediate end of military actions by Turkey,” China’s U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun told reporters. “The Security Council discussions, in one way or another, are still going on so let’s work toward the right solution.”
Nebenzia said that the Security Council did not discuss calling for a ceasefire in northeast Syria. Syrian ally Russia has vetoed 13 Security Council resolutions since the Syrian war began in 2011 and has long called for the United States to withdraw its forces from Syria.
“The Turkish side tells us that they will respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria,” Nebenzia told reporters. “We understand the Turkish national security concerns but we believe that the operation that they’re conducting should be proportionate to the aims that they declare.”
The Turkish assault forced the United States to pull its forces out of northern Syria. Syrian government forces, backed by Washington’s adversaries Russia and Iran, have swiftly advanced into territory formerly patrolled by U.S. troops.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft said Washington called on Turkey to “cease undermining the campaign to defeat ISIS, cease endangering civilians ... cease its offensive and declare a ceasefire immediately.”
A crackdown by Syrian President Bashar al-
The U.N. Security Council “expressed deep concern over the risk of the dispersion
of terrorists from U.N.-
Turkey has justified its action under Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, which covers
an individual or collective right to self-