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UN Security Council votes in favour of 30-day ceasefire in Syria

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The UN Security Council on Satuday has voted in favour of a resolution calling for a 30-day truce in Syria. Reuters photo

UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council on Satuday has voted in favour of a resolution calling for a 30-day truce in Syria.

The unanimously approved resolution will allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations to take place. UN chief Antonio Guterres appealed on Wednesday for an immediate end to ‘war activities’ in eastern Ghouta, where nearly 400,000 people have lived under government siege since 2013, without enough food or medicine.

The vote, held at around 2:30pm local time, had been delayed by more than 24 hours due to disagreements between Russia and other Security Council members over the wording of the resolution.

But, shortly after the unanimous vote by the 15-member council, warplanes struck a town in eastern Ghouta, the last rebel enclave near Syria’s capital, an emergency service and a war monitoring group said. Warplanes have pounded the region for seven straight days while residents holed up in basements.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, criticised Russia for delaying the Security Council meeting saying it had ‘belatedly decided to join the international consensus’.

“Hardly anything in the resolution has changed except a few words and commas,” she said following the vote.

“Every minute the council waited on Russia, the human suffering grew,” she said.

With Reuters Inputs

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Closed session of NC mahasamiti meeting kicks off

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KATHMANDU- The closed session of the Nepali Congress mahasamiti meeting kicked off this morning.

In the closed session, General Secretary has presented the organizational report while Treasurer Sitadevi Yadav the account report, and Joint General Secretary Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat the economic proposal. The mahasamiti members are to discuss thoroughly on these three documents today.

NC Spokesperson Bishwo Prakash Sharma informed the National News Agency (RSS) that the party statute would be passed based on the views of the attending members.

However, the consensus is eluding on the draft amendment of the statute. After the central committee forges consensus, it would be presented before the mahasamiti meeting.

More than 1,700 representatives including members and observers are attending the mega meeting. The mega meeting of the party is to continue for two more days.

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