Borodavkin noted that the commission of inquiry on Syria had admitted in its reports that the Syrian government was fighting against an army of well-trained and well-armed terrorists. “It appears from the report that the Free Syrian Army was non-existent any longer and that armed groups qualified as moderate are closely coordinating their activities with terrorist groups,” the Russian ambassador noted. “These radicals, as follows from the commission’s report, commit capital punishments, tortures, sexual violence, they use children as soldiers and blow up cars stuffed with explosives.”
Moscow “resolutely condemns such atrocity,” Borodavkin stressed. Russia, in his words, hailed the commission’s recommendation to resume political process in Syria and was “ready to make its contribution.” “But we have to upset the commission: its calls have been heard not by all,” he noted. “A new draft resolution of the UN Human Rights Council on Syria contains not a single word in support of efforts towards a settlement of the conflict through talks.”
But “the rapidly changing situation in the region calls for consolidation of international community to fight terrorism,” he said. “We welcome France’s very timely initiative to hold an international conference on peace and security in Iraq and are ready to work on the implementation if its results.”
The Russian diplomat called on the United Nations human rights mechanisms to “double their efforts to gather and make public information about crimes committed by terrorists.” He called on the commission to prepare a separate report on violations of human rights and the international humanitarian law by the Islamic State and other terrorists in Syria, including Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic Front.