US Refuses to Share Syria Deal Documents with UN

BELGRADE – Russia on Friday has accused the United States of refusing to share documents with the UN Security Council outlining a joint agreement aimed at halting the fighting in Syria.

An urgent council meeting called to discuss the agreement was abruptly cancelled on Friday amid disagreements between Russia and the United States over the joint deal.

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the council would not be able to endorse the agreement with a resolution unless it receives information about the deal.

“Most likely we are not going to have a resolution at the Security Council because the United States does not want to share those documents with the members of the Security Council,” he told reporters.
“We believe we cannot ask them to support a document that they haven’t seen.”

The US and Russian envoys were to present to the council details of the agreement reached on September 9 that calls for a ceasefire, the delivery of aid and joint targeting of rebels in Syria.

Russia, Syria’s main ally, had been pushing for a resolution to endorse the agreement reached after months of US-Russian negotiations.

The United States has been reluctant to release the details of the agreement, citing security concerns for some US-backed groups fighting in Syria.

“Since we could not agree on an approach to briefing the council that would not compromise the operational security of the arrangement, the meeting was canceled,” a spokesman for the US mission said.
Churkin said he had presented two separate draft resolutions endorsing the deal, but said the American side had tried to introduce changes.

“They in their typical way came up with a completely different thing — which is trying to interpret and re-interpret the agreement,” he said, AFP reported.

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