Russia submits anti-Daesh resolution to UN

Published November 19th, 2015 - 08:30 GMT

Russia submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council on Wednesday highlighting the "need to join efforts" in the fight against Islamic State, Russian state media reported.

The draft comes just days after French President Francois Hollande said he would support a Security Council resolution against the militant group, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Russian text "includes both coordination and joint work to locate and bring to justice those responsible for terror attacks," UN representative Vitaly Churkin told TASS Russian News Agency.

The draft resolution recommends coordinating activities with governments of the countries where military operations are carried out, Churkin said, echoing a resolution previously rejected by some other members of the Security Council in September.

Russia is a staunch ally of Syria's ruling regime and has stonewalled Western calls for the resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters earlier Wednesday that al-Assad should not be forced to resign as a precondition for world powers to ally against Islamic State in Syria.

"In my opinion, there is no doubt that it is simply unacceptable to put forward preconditions for uniting in the fight against Islamic State," said Lavrov, according to state news agency TASS.

"We have discussed this in detail with our American colleagues," Lavrov said at a press conference after meeting in Moscow with his Lebanese counterpart, Gebran Bassil.

Russia believes that the Syrian people should decide democratically whether al-Assad will remain in power.

Russia and Lebanon agree on the necessity for a global coalition to fight Islamic State, Lavrov told reporters.

"The Islamic State terrorist group is our common threat. We share the view that the UN Security Council should give priority to creating an international legal framework for combating this evil and for mobilizing a truly global coalition," Lavrov said.

He said Lebanon has not asked Russia to provide military aid for the fight against Islamic State in that country.

Last week Islamic State, which adheres to a radical interpretation of Sunni Islam, claimed responsibility for twin bombings that targeted Shiite Muslims in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

Violence from neighbouring Syria has spilled into Lebanon since the Lebanon-based political organization Hezbollah started fighting alongside al-Assad's forces to quell an uprising that began against his rule in 2011.

By Peter Spinella

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