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Russia presents another draft UN resolution on terrorism in Syria

Published on Feb 13, 2014 5:01 PM

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that Moscow had presented a draft UN Security Council resolution on "fighting terrorism" in Syria in addition to its attempt at a resolution on aid access there.

Moscow's calls for a resolution condemning acts of "terrorism" are in tune with rhetoric from Damascus, which uses the term to describe all those fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

"Terrorism is certainly no less acute a problem (than the humanitarian crisis)," Mr Lavrov told a news conference after talks with his Egyptian counterpart, saying it causes suffering among Syrians and in neighbouring countries.

Moscow earlier this week made clear it would reject a Western-Arab draft resolution on humanitarian aid access in Syria in its existing form, saying it was biased against the government of Mr Assad.

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