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Russian draft resolution on de-escalation zones in Syria

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The Security Council,

Recalling all its previous resolutions and Presidential Statements on the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, in particular its resolutions 2254 (2015), 2268 (2016) and 2336 (2016), and the Geneva Communiqué of 30 June 2012,

Reaffirming its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic, and to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and stressing the need for all parties to the political process to adhere to Syria’s unity, independence, territorial integrity, and non-sectarian character, to ensuring continuity of governmental institutions, to protecting the rights of all Syrians, regardless of ethnicity or religious denomination,

Noting the mediation efforts undertaken by the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Turkey and to consolidate the ceasefire in the Syrian Arab Republic, and the launching of the Astana process between the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the armed opposition groups,

Appreciating the contribution to the Astana process by the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura, and observers from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the United States of America,

1. Welcomes the Memorandum on the creation of de-escalation areas in the Syrian Arab Republic, signed in Astana on May 4, 2017 ;

2. Calls on all parties to the conflict in Syria to fully implement the ceasefire established on 29 December 2016 and to abide by the provisions of the Memorandum on the creation of de-escalation areas in the Syrian Arab Republic;

3. Calls on all Member States to contribute in good faith to the implementation of the Memorandum on the creation of de-escalation areas in the Syrian Arab Republic;

4. Decides to remain seized of the matter.

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