Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Kerry demands no-fly zone over Syria to allow humanitarian aid

US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded on Wednesday that all aircraft, including Russian and Assad regime forces, to be grounded its air force so humanitarian aid can get through.

Addressing the UN Security Council, including his Russian opposite number Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Kerry said efforts to broker a solution could be salvaged but only if Moscow takes responsibility for recent air strikes.

Kerry said that the recent attack on the UN aid convoy raise "profound doubt" over whether Russia and Syria would live up to the deal made in Geneva, but he still believed there was a way forward "out of the carnage".

He later called for a ban on Syrian government forces flying over areas controlled by the opposition, adding that all aircraft must be grounded while the situation is deescalated.

Turkey has been asking the U.N. to establish safe zones in Syria since 2012, but could not find the necessary international support. The bombardment of opposition areas by the regime and Moscow have continued, which have caused tens of thousands of people to die and many others to flee, while the U.S. continued to not support the idea of a no-fly zone.


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  1. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry distorted Russian statements about the incident with aid convoy near Aleppo in his speech at the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said on Wednesday...

    "I felt disappointed with certain things. For example, I was disappointed that Secretary of State (John) Kerry decided to distort some of the statements that Moscow made with regard to that tragic incident with the aid convoy," he said.

    "I think that, unfortunately, he decided to distort some words that should have meant we were for a thorough investigation and that we were putting the information we have on the table. It is unfair," Churkin said.

    Earlier, at the UN Security Council high-level meeting on the situation in the Middle East during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly Kerry said that information provided by Russia about the September 19 attack on the aid convoy near Aleppo was contradictory.


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