Syria crisis: Security Council adopt UN resolution for Syria peace process

 
Clara Guibourg
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The UN’s Security Council has reached a rare agreement backing an international plan for a Syria peace process.

The council adopted a resolution late last night, having previously been divided on the issue of the civil war that has ravaged the country for nearly five years, with China and Russia vetoing a number of Western resolutions.

The conflict has claimed more than a quarter million lives.

The UN resolution backs a plan for ceasefire and peace talks, with the goal of creating a unity government within two years. Talks between Syria’s warring government and opposition should begin in early January.

US secretary of state John Kerry said the unanimous vote sent a “clear message to all concerned”:

The time is now to stop the killing in Syria and lay the groundwork for a government that the long-suffering people of that battered land can support.

Just two days ago, the Security Council also adopted a resolution to choke off funding for the so-called Islamic State (Isis), the terrorist group that currently controls parts of Syria.

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