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Russian draft resolution on Syrian continues support for Annan's mediation efforts: Russian deputy UN envoy

(Xinhua)

13:33, July 12, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, July 11 (Xinhua) -- The draft resolution proposed by Russia on the future of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) is focused on continuing support to UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan and his six-point plan, Russia's deputy UN envoy Igor Pankin said here on Wednesday.

Pankin's remarks came as he addressed reporters after the UN Security Council's close consultations on Syria where Annan briefed the Council through video link from Geneva.

"Our draft is speaking about continuing support to Kofi Annan's efforts, and his six-point plan....and further support to the implementing of the Geneva communique," said Pankin.

Russia disseminated a draft resolution on Tuesday which proposed extending the mandate of UNSMIS for another three months, reducing the number of military observers and asking the operation to take on a more political mission.

The 15-member Council must decide the future of the UNSMIS by July 20 when its initial 90-day mandate expires. The Security Council approved in April 300 unarmed military observers to monitor a cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties and to monitor and support the full implementation of Kofi Annan's six-point plan to end the conflict in Syria. However, the mission has suspended most of its activities owing to an intensification of armed violence across the country.

"Our draft is not putting actions by Security Council in Chapter VII (of the UN Charter) or in the Chapter VII quoting," he said. "We based ourselves under the assumption and the arrangement that were reached in Geneva that do not speak of any sanctions or any codes of measures."

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