04:26 GMT18 May 2021
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    Negotiating efforts by Russia and the United States to arrange a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria have been welcomed by fellow members of the UN Security Council, according to a statement read by Egypt’s UN Ambassador Abdellatif Aboulatta on Thursday.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — The Egyptian representative was reading a statement approved earlier by the 15-nation council.

    "The members of the Security Council welcomed… the recent efforts of the co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group, and the re-affirmation of their commitment to the nationwide cessation of hostilities that went into effect on February 27 across Syria," Aboulatta told the Security Council.

    The statement also praised what it called a US and Russian pressure on factions in the Syrian conflict to "refrain from disproportionate responses to provocations and [to] demonstrate restraint."

    In addition, the Security Council statement also repeated earlier charges by multiple UN officials that recent attacks on hospitals and a refugee camp in Syria could constitute war crimes.

    The International Syria Support Group is chaired by the United States and Russia.


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