The UN announced the establishment of a Commission to investigate the circumstances of the shelling of the convoy in Aleppo
UN Secretary-General ban Ki-moon announced the establishment of a special Commission to investigate all circumstances of attack a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations in the Syrian province of Aleppo. His spokesman Stefan Dujarric said that the Commission “will establish the facts of the incident, and will report to the Secretary-General on the results of the work,” reports Reuters.
“The Secretary-General will study the report and decide on further steps”, – said Dyuzharrik. He noted that ban Ki-moon urged all parties concerned to cooperate fully with the Commission.”
Earlier, the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov gave an interview to the BBC on the anniversary of the beginning of the Russian military campaign in Syria. When BBC World presenter Stephen Sackur asked whether Russia is ready to apologize for this attack, as did the American leader Barack Obama after the impact of the coalition government forces in Deir-ez-Zor, head of the Russian foreign Ministry demanded proof of Russian involvement. “I’d like to see such evidence,” – said Lavrov.
On the eve of the defense Ministry received new dataconfirming the involvement in the firing of a humanitarian convoy of the UN opposition groups proscribed in Russia grouping “Dzhebhat-EN-Nusra”. This was announced by first Deputy head of the Main operations Directorate of the General staff Lieutenant-General Viktor Pesnihi.
“We have received additional data about the involvement in the shelling of a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations in the area (settlement) Urum al-Kubra opposition groups closely associated with “al-Nusra Dzhebhat”, – said the representative of the General staff.
A joint convoy from the Syrian Arab red Crescent (SARC) and UN humanitarian agencies on 19 September was shelled in the area of Urum al-Kubra, North-West of the city of Aleppo. The convoy consisted of 31 of the truck and drove by to 78 thousand people. According to the International Committee of the red cross, 18 trucks were destroyed, killing one officer, SARC, and at least 20 civilians. The convoy was marked with the logos of the UN and the SARC, in its passage to the Eastern districts of Aleppo were received from Damascus and the armed opposition.
In the American administration then stated that the convoy came under air strikes, and noted that the international coalition forces led by the United States to attack innocent. Deputy adviser to the President for national security Ben Rhodes said that the US impose on Russia responsible for the attack on the convoy.
In Moscow and Damascus, in turn, reported that Russian and Syrian air force did not inflict blows on a humanitarian convoy. The Russian defense Ministry denied involvement in the attack, Russian and Syrian aircraft. The Agency noted that the footage from the scene of the attack there is no sign of interference with the column of ammunition. “All demonstrated in the video frames is a direct consequence of the fire load, which is a strange way began simultaneously with the implementation of a large scale militant attack on Aleppo,” – said the official representative of the Ministry of defense Igor Konashenkov.
The situation was aggravated in Syria on 22 September, with the resumption of hostilities in Aleppo and on the background of the attack on a humanitarian convoy to Aleppo. Over the weekend the circumstances discussed at an emergency meeting of the UN security Council. It the US and Britain was subjected to sharp criticism of Russia, and assigned to it the blame for the failure of the agreement on the ceasefire and the bombing of residential areas.
Washington close to the suspension of cooperation with Moscow on Syria. Russia, according to the United States, responsible for the use of prohibited weapons in Aleppo and in General for an offensive by Syrian government forces, the dire humanitarian situation in the city and alleged attacks on civilian infrastructure.