Foreign Ministry: Russia won't back UN General Assembly draft resolution on Syria sponsored by Arab countries

Russia will not support a draft resolution on Syria that a number of Arab countries have submitted to the UN General Assembly, because it is unbalanced, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website.

"A draft resolution on Syria submitted by a number of Arab countries is under the UN General Assembly consideration. The document submitted is lopsided and unbalanced in nature," it said.

"Moscow believes this document in its current shape does not promote stabilization of the situation and termination of violence in Syria, and therefore the Russian Federation will not support it," it said.

The document, just as ones proposed before, puts all the blame for the ongoing events on the Syrian authorities and does not address the international community's demands to the opposition, the ministry said.

"Hence, its line toward uncompromising armed fighting against the Syrian government is being encouraged," it said.

Moreover, the draft resolution revises the Kofi Annan peace plan approved by relevant UN Security Council resolutions and mandatory for all UN member-states, it said.

"It suggests that UN/Arab League Special Envoy Kofi Annan should focus his activities on ensuring political transition in the Syrian Arab Republic, which is not part of his mandate. In addition, the General Assembly draft resolution encroaches on the Security Council prerogatives, which goes against the UN Charter," it said.

Moscow vowed its willingness, in cooperation with its international partners, to continue efforts toward overcoming the crisis in Syria based on Annan's peace plan, decisions made at the ministerial action group meeting in Geneva and UN Security Council resolutions 2042 and 2043.

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