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    France to Keep Pushing for Syria Ceasefire After UNSC Veto on Resolution

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    France will not give up efforts to push a resolution calling on a ceasefire in Syria through the UN Security Council despite opposition from Russia, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Monday.

    PARIS (Sputnik) — The French resolution was vetoed earlier today by Russia and China, Venezuela voted against and Angola abstained. The remaining 11 Council members upheld it.

    "France will not give up. It remains fully committed together with its partners to end suffering in Aleppo. It is in this spirit that I will host on Saturday, December 10, in Paris a meeting of ministers from like-minded countries," Ayrault was quoted as saying in a ministerial statement.

    Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, argued that the draft declaration had been voted on too soon. He said the initiative had been submitted at 11:20 local time on Monday, in violation of the 24-hour rule that required it to be put to a vote on Tuesday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said a ceasefire would be used by militants to regroup and get more fighters.

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