Baku. 19 December. REPORT.AZ/ The United Nations Security Council approved a resolution Friday that calls for talks between the Syrian government and opposition groups as well as a cease-fire in the nation's 4-year-old civil war, Report informs citing USA Today.
However, the resolution doesn't mention what role Syrian President
The disagreement has been a contentious issue in discussions on resolving the conflict, and
Friday's resolution says elections must be held in the next 18 months but makes no mention of whether Assad will be able to run, the New York Times reported.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who hosted the U.N. meeting, said the resolution sends "a clear message to all concerned that the time is now to stop the killing in Syria," AFP reported.
Still, the resolution acknowledged the conflict won't really end because it bars “terrorist groups” operating in the country, including the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front, from participating in the cease-fire, the Associated Press reported.
Kerry also hosted a separate gathering of envoys from 20 countries in the International Syria Support Group that also sought ways to intensify the fight against the Islamic State, which holds large swaths of the country and has greatly exacerbated the war.
Before the meetings, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the longer the peace talks drag on without result the more risky they become.
“We need to make sure the political process is irreversible in the face of this severe threat posed by international terrorism,” he said. “We must realize the political process is going to go backward if we are not making progress."