UN Security Council To Vote On Syria Truce Proposal
The UN Security Council is set to vote later today on a draft motion for a ceasefire for Syria.
Hundreds of civilians have been killed or injured in recent days, amid increased strikes against the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave.
It has prompted calls for an urgent ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid to reach the area.
The UN Security Council proposal demands a 30-day break in fighting.
UN Humanitarian Affairs official Mark Lowcock yesterday told members of the council they can still save lives in Syria.
Today & everyday, our hearts are with the people of Syria, and especially those trapped in #EasternGhouta who deserve action instead of paralysis from the international community.— UNOCHA (@UNOCHA) February 22, 2018
Here is an excerpt from @UNReliefChief's briefing to the UN Security Council today: pic.twitter.com/p6XNagtcmv
However, the resolution does not yet have the backing of Russia, which has called it 'unrealistic'.
They may not veto the text if changes are made before the vote this afternoon.
The agreement needs 9 votes from the 15 Security Council members to pass and no vetoes.
A general view of a damaged building that was targeted by air strikes carried out by warplanes of the Syrian government in the rebel-held town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta. Picture by: Samer Bouidani/DPA/PA Images
Meanwhile, Jim Roche from the Irish Anti War Movement says it's time for the Irish government to make its position clear.
He argued: "Call in the US ambassador and the Russian ambassador, and say that the Irish people are against this war and it has to stop.
"I know Ireland doesn't have that much influence in the world, but it could send a powerful message if other governments were to do it as well."