On Monday, the United Nations Security Council approved a statement unanimously that backs the intensive talks on important issues to bring peace to Syria. This is a sign of a possible change in the most powerful body at the UN, which of late has been deeply divided on the way in which to end the conflict that has killed over 250,000 people.
Prior to all of the 15 members of the council approving the text, Vitaly Churkin the UN Ambassador from Russia said the statement would be the first political document on the crisis in Syria that has been adopted by a consensus.
The unity of the council regarding the political statement about Syria come amidst a flurry of diplomatic happenings in an attempt to end this conflict, which has now entered its fifth year, and has created one of the gravest humanitarian crisis today.
The deal between six major powers and Iran over the Islamic Republics nuclear deal, appears as if its opened doors for a number of moves in diplomacy involving Russia, the U.S. and key European and Middle East nations along with Steffan de Mistura the special envoy of the UN.
All are seeking a way to break an impasse politically though many key differences remain, especially those over the future of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.
The UN Security Council endorsed the announced plan by its special envoy that is aimed at setting up new peace talks that would end the five-year civil war.
It also includes talks on a transition politically leading to democratic elections as well as the best way to fight the deadly terrorism in the region.
The approval of the statement was held up by Venezuela, which was expected, over its reference to political transition.
The UN Ambassador from Venezuela Rafael Ramirez Carreno spoke to the council following the reading of the statement at a meeting saying the statement violates the self-determination and sovereignty of Syria’s people and by promoting a transition including a new transitional government without the consent of the people goes against the United Nations charter.