14 July 2020

UN hopes for positive cooperation with Russia in Idlib

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The United Nations will have positive cooperation with Russian and Syrian representatives when investigating the alleged air strikes on civilian facilities in Idlib, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday at a news conference marking the opening of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. reports citing TASS.

"[This] board of inquiry has very clear instructions in its terms of reference to act in extreme perspective of impartiality to see what is the truth and not to abide by any agenda," Guterres said when asked by TASS.

"By the way, it will be investigating situations or will be looking into situations both in the area that is under the control of the opposition and in the area that is under the control of the government of Syria," he added.

"We strongly hope - and the Russian government has already said so - there will be positive cooperation also with the government of Russia and the government of Syria," Guterres said.

"Obviously, the number of incidents that the board of inquiry will be looking at is related to my competence as chief administrative officer," he said.

"Otherwise, this would have to be decided by the Security Council or the General Assembly, in that investigation, or the inquiry, takes place in relation of premises that were under UN support <…> or in situations in which the conflicting agreements involving the UN were taking place," he said.

"These are the only situations in which I have the authority to ask the board of inquiry to do the investigation," he stressed.

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