The United Nations (UN) Security Council (SC) will attempt, again today, to finally pass a resolution to affect a truce across Syria in order to stop the current carnage around Eastern Ghouta and to allow for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the the 5.6 million people in acute need in 1,244 communities.
Delays to the passing of the Resolution since Thursday have come from Russia, insisting on certain inclusions on the measure, which was put forward by Kuwait and Sweden calling for a 30-day nationwide ceasefire to hostilities, amid a children and civilian death attack by Bashar Assad's forces on the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, home to some 400,000 people, nine-miles east of the capital, Damascus. The death toll in Eastern Ghouta stands at 462 people, including a number of children, in the past week alone from heavy bombardment by Syrian forces.
The draft Resolution calls for a 30-day Syria-wide truce to go into effect 72-hours after passing with medical evacuations and humanitarian aid to start 48-hours at the initial 72-hours. It also calls for parties to avoid establishing military positions in civilian areas including schools and hospitals, the BBC-News reported. It also calls for the lifting of sieges of populated areas.
No Islamic State groups or those of the Nusra Front are covered by the proposed draft, yet Russia has insisted that other groups, it claims are cooperating with he mentioned groups, be also excluded from the truce.
The United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK) and France have all called for the Resolution be approved without delay. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have also sent a joint letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, urging him to back the Resolution.
Sweden's UN Ambassador Olof Skoog told the BBC-News that getting aid to Eastern Ghouta, where conditions were described by the UN Secretary General as "hell on earth", was the main objective of the Resolution.
France's Ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre said the UN's inability to help Syrian civilians would result in a devastating loss of credibility for the international body. "The Syrian tragedy," he warned, as reported by the BBC-News, "must not also become a graveyard for the United Nations."
France's warning that failure to act to end the humanitarian tragedy in Syria, could spell the end of the UN itself, is very relevant given the fact that the international organization has virtually remained impotent to ending the suffering of Syria's children for seven-long-years.
However, the UN could begin to make amends today by passing the Resolution rendering a ceasefire across Syria to end the slaughter of innocent children and civilians. It is humanity's responsibility.