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Updated: Syria urges UN to include Afrin in ceasefire deal

By 24/2/2018
Members of the Security Council vote during a United Nations Security Council meeting on a ceasefire in Syria February 24, 2018 in New York. Photo: AFP
Members of the Security Council vote during a United Nations Security Council meeting on a ceasefire in Syria February 24, 2018 in New York. Photo: AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Syrian representative to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, has urged the Security Council to apply the humanitarian ceasefire deal agreed unanimously on Saturday to the whole of Syria – including Afrin. 


“The ceasefire must include the whole of Syria including Afrin,” Jaafari told the chamber.

Asked by Rudaw's Majeed Gly whether the resolution would include Afrin, the Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said it includes the whole Syria.

The United Nations Security Council unanimously passed the resolution, drafted by Kuwait and Sweden, after it gained the support of the Syrian government’s ally Russia. Moscow had previously used its veto to block the resolution. 

The ceasefire was originally intended to come into force within 72 hours. This was dropped from the final draft after Russian Ambassador Nebenzia said such a time frame would be unrealistic. 

The resolution now says the ceasefire will come into effect “without delay.” The word “immediate” was also dropped, in relation to the delivery of humanitarian aid and evacuations. 

The final resolution states that all sides must “cease depriving civilians of food and medicine indispensable to their survival.”

The Syrian governments' bombardment of Eastern Ghouta has killed 492 civilians in the past week, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, drawing international outcry. 

The agreed resolution calls for a ceasefire throughout Syria with the exception of military operations against ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the al-Nusra Front. 

The focus of the draft resolution was on violence in Idlib and Eastern Ghouta, where the Syrian government is heavily shelling rebel-held areas. Because of the al-Qaeda presence in Idlib, Damascus will be able to continue its operations in the region. 


There was no specific mention of Afrin, however.


Operation Olive Branch began on January 20 when Turkish forces launched a military incursion into the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northwest Syria. Turkey believes the ruling Kurdish groups in Rojava, northern Syria are “terrorists,” a charge the groups deny. 

The Turkish advance on Afrin has made slow progress. Most of the fighting has been concentrated along the mountainous frontier. 


Last updated at 11.50pm


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pre-Boomer Marine brat | 25/2/2018
Off Topic: Afrin is generating interesting data regarding the Turkish press. I've been following Hurriyet Daily News regularly since 2005. Nowadays, it's touting Erdogan just like Daily Sabah. Dogan Group has obviously sold its soul. It's a very, very pathetic sight.
kurt basar | 25/2/2018
UN nation is toothless & useless gathering of the hypocritical nations, because presently criminals of the Turkish terror state is attacking the only peaceful Syrian region of the Afrin, by using the exact same ISIL, Muslim brotherhood, Al Qaeda & Turkic Asians savage terrorists, which the U.S and civilized world nations are fighting to defeat. But at the same time these nations because of their interests, are letting the criminal Turkish regime get away with their heinous crimes against the Kurd's, who are fighting behalf of them. Almighty must be crying for this immoral, unjust & cruel Turkish savages war & his critters stupidity & their selling of the Kurd's.
Frank NM | 25/2/2018
Kurt thats maybe because YPG have a agreement with Assad Regime which is a enemy of west. YPG is fighting for Assad who is biggest mass murder. And the west will sanction all allies of Assad and thats right.
st | 25/2/2018
@pre-Boomer Marine brat erdogan killed turkish free media in 2016/7; this is merely the result
Turk or Kurt | 25/2/2018
You are telling lie. They are not Kurds which were killed by Turks, but they are extension of PKK kurdish terror group. The distinctions is not on race. It could be Turk or another race conducting the PKK actions, and Turkish military would again kill them. The main point is not their Kurdish races, but their terrorist aim is main point. No matter what their race is Kurt or Turk. Just as the military of Turkish government includes Türk or Kurt soldiers. This is not a war between races, but between the groups keepers and breakers of turkish country.
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