United Nations-The UN special envoy for Syria said on Thursday he is “quietly hopeful” the United Nations can announce agreement to launch a Syrian constitutional committee before world leaders gather in late September, which could open the door to a broader political process to end the eight-year conflict.
Russia’s deputy UN ambassador, Dmitry Polyansky, whose country is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, said Syria wouldn’t be facing “these terrible problems and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people” without “the terrorists” and efforts by Western powers to overthrow the government.
Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari told the council that his government and Russia “do not attack civilian targets” – only “terrorists.”
He also denied there are 3 million Syrians in Idlib, calling it a small province whose population has now surpassed a million.
It’s also time for the three countries in the Astana process – Russia, Turkey and Iran – and the so-called Small Group comprising Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States to come together “in a very practical way,” Pedersen said.
The Associated Press