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BY: Paul Crookston
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Wednesday that Russia needs to use its leverage over Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria to bring about peace and security in the region.
UN - Security - Council - Syria - Haley
Speaking to a U.N. Security Council briefing on Syria, Haley put the onus on Russia to use its influence as a key backer of the Assad regime to bring peace to the war-ravaged country. She appealed to the plight of the Syrian people in asking Russia, which occupies a permanent seat on the Security Council, to take action.
"Russia can push the regime to commit to seeking a real peace in Syria, a peace that helps the Syrian people," Haley said. "A peace that helps ensure the region’s security. Now is the time for Russia to use that leverage."
Remarks - Parties - Conflict - Provocations
Soon after that, she concluded her remarks by calling on all parties involved in the conflict to cease provocations.
"The road to peace will come when all of the parties stop provoking each other, and choose the responsible path," Haley said. "The path is clear: follow Resolution 2254, support Geneva, and most of all, push the Assad regime to do what it plainly does not want to do. If we rally around these goals, we will achieve real peace in Syria."
Haley - Russia - Actors - Middle - East
Haley blamed Russia for enabling malign actors in the Middle East. She noted groups such as Iran and its proxy terrorist organization Hezbollah have created instability, and Assad has even resorted to using chemical weapons.
"But we can’t offer support for peace on the one hand and ignore the fact that the chief sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East and its terrorist militia are digging in. Even as we talk about peace at the U.N., the fighting is getting worse. Much of the violence is happening in so-called de-escalation zones....
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