This is major news, for many reasons. When combined with last week’s UN resolution (demanding an end to Israeli settlement building on occupied Palestinian land), it is even bigger.
Below the highlights from this article, there is a second set of highlights from another source which many may wish to view. In essence, it says that this vote today ensures peace in the Middle East.
” The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution drafted by Russia that endorses a nationwide Syrian ceasefire, which was earlier brokered by Moscow and Ankara. Security Council members welcomed the agreements reached through the mediation of Russia and Turkey, and stressed the importance of its “full and immediate implementation.”
“The UN body also reaffirmed its commitment to the “sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic” and reiterated that the only way to resolve the Syrian crisis is to begin a complex inter-Syrian political process.
“The draft resolution prepared by Russia was officially presented to the UNSC on Friday, a day after Moscow sent the texts of two agreements signed by the Syrian government and seven armed opposition groups to the UN body.”
Now I also received a message (via Ginger) from this source. A few points were addressed, which I share below.
“Today 15 members United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to approve a nationwide Syrian cease fire. On the surface, not big news. But look a little deeper and your jaw will drop, taking your breath away with it. This last UNSC resolution was China and Russia’s cherry atop a very old, very violent cake that tasted a lot like legal precedent for the entire Middle East peace process … in perpetuity… and universally binding.
“Russia, Turkey and Iran have now officially guaranteed Syrian boarder [border] integrity and national sovereignty; while China has agreed to rebuild the nation via finance. This after over four decades plus of fighting.
“Syria had always opposed Israeli expansion going back to 1917 because they knew that after Palestine, Damascus would be next. They also knew Israeli would be fearless when it came to occupying other nations for their land–just ask Jordan who once controlled the Palestinian Authority… So make no mistake the Syria cease fire resolution that passed today at the UN is really a binding truce between all the pro-Arab nation states and pro-Israel nation states … which results in Middle East peace.
“Geopolitically, Israel is now cornered, and if it does not accept all these internationally recognized legal resolutions, the Knesset will force a referendum vote on the two state issue in order for the sovereign nation of Israel to remain apart of the new gold backed financial system emanating out of Beijing, which they signed as enforceable treaty through the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
“This makes BiBi Netanyahu the poster child for the politically walking dead–because America has now abandoned Israel as a military protector, and the Obama Administration went ahead and signed a 10 billion dollar, 10 year military budget extension for Israel–which truthfully is clever buyout from American military and diplomatic support for all future Israeli affairs.
“No doubt American removal form [from] all critical Israeli agendas is the decisive death blow to future Israeli expansion plans. In fact, they’ll have to walk back their sovereign boarders to 1967 lines–also agreed to per voted and passed resolution by the United Nations Security Council.”
The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution drafted by Russia that endorses a nationwide Syrian ceasefire, which was earlier brokered by Moscow and Ankara.
Security Council members welcomed the agreements reached through the mediation of Russia and Turkey, and stressed the importance of its “full and immediate implementation.”
The Security Council also expressed its support for the “efforts taken by Russia and Turkey and aimed at stopping violence in Syria and launching a political process.” Council members stressed that they see the Astana meeting as an important step in the process toward the reconciliation of the Syrian conflict.
The UN body also reaffirmed its commitment to the “sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic” and reiterated that the only way to resolve the Syrian crisis is to begin a complex inter-Syrian political process.
Western countries expressed cautious optimism about the agreements brokered by Moscow and Ankara. The US deputy ambassador to the UN, Michelle Sison, said that the US expects the truce to be observed across the whole of Syria while the British deputy UN envoy Peter Wilson said that a system is required to independently monitor the ceasefire.
Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin called on his colleagues not to confuse and complicate the situation and not to discredit the agreements brokered by Moscow and Ankara.
At the same time, he expressed his gratitude to all UN Security Council members and thanked them for their contribution to the peace process in Syria. He particularly praised the role of Turkey in reaching the ceasefire agreement.
He went on to say that, if all Security Council members “focus on the essence of the matter” and put their private interests aside, the UN body is “capable of taking important decisions.”
The draft resolution prepared by Russia was officially presented to the UNSC on Friday, a day after Moscow sent the texts of two agreements signed by the Syrian government and seven armed opposition groups to the UN body.
The documents that “establish a ceasefire as well as obliges the Syrian government and the opposition to start direct talks in Astana in late January,” Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin told journalists on Friday, speaking about the documents he presented at the Security Council meeting together with a draft resolution supporting the ceasefire in Syria.
He also said that all groups that genuinely want to join talks between the Syrian government and the opposition in Astana scheduled for early 2017 are welcome in the Kazakh capital.