Arab League: Russia wants Syria ceasefire guarantees

Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said Russia wants a guarantee that al-Qaeda linked groups in Syria will abide by ceasefires.

Arab League: Russia wants Syria ceasefire guarantees

World Bulletin / News Desk

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi on Wednesday said that Russia had asked the league to provide guarantees that the Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda-linked fighting force, would abide by a sought-after ceasefire in Syria.

Al-Arabi told a delegation of Arab journalists in Cairo on Wednesday that Russian officials had responded to repeated Arab League requests to the UN Security Council to push for a ceasefire in Syria by asking: "Can you guarantee Al-Nusra's commitment?"

"We cannot provide guarantees for any party [to the conflict]," al-Arabi said. "There should be a firm [UN Security Council] resolution on a Syria ceasefire binding upon all sides."

The Geneva II conference, set to kick off on January 22, is ostensibly aimed at resolving the ongoing crisis in violence-wracked Syria.

Syria has been in the throes of conflict since 2011 when a peaceful uprising against President Bashar al-Assad escalated into civil war following a violent government crackdown.

According to the UN, more than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict to date.

Russia supports UN on destruction of chemical weapons in Syria

Russia announced it allocated 2 billion dollars to a United Nations fund for destruction of chemical weapons in Syria until the beginning of the new year.

Russia will support the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on chemical arsenal taken out from Syria, said Mikhail Ulyanov, the head of the Russian foreign ministry’s security and disarmament department.

Ulyanov stated that a UN fund was established as a first step to clear out Syria from the chemical weapons.

“We will join these (Norwegian and Danish) vessels,” said Ulyanov and he added Russia and China were in charge of providing security of ships in the international waters transporting chemical weapons from Syria.

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