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UN, April 6. /Offset. TASS Oleg Zelenin/. Russia convened a closed meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the draft resolution on the incident of the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian province of Idlib on 4 April. As reported to journalists the press-Secretary of the permanent mission to the UN Feodor Strzygowski, a meeting was scheduled for 18:30 local time (01:30 GMT Friday).
“We called at 18:30 consultations on the draft resolution on Idlib,” said he .
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Earlier, a source in the UN said that Western countries are preparing to bring to a vote its own version of the document as well as agree the compromise text failed.
Negotiations on the draft resolution began on Wednesday. Russia insisted on the exclusion from the UK, USA and France document provisions requiring Damascus to surrender to the international Commission all information about flights on the day of the incident, and to provide access to military bases, from which could be applied to strikes on Khan Sheyhun. Western countries consider it unacceptable and reject the draft resolution prepared by Russia.
The Russian text, which was read by the correspondent of TASS, provides for the sending of UN experts and the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons to the place of alleged incident to conduct a “full investigation using the full range of methods”. The document contains the requirement for all parties in Syria “without delay” to provide specialists of “free and safe access to the scene and the surrounding areas”.