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UNITED NATIONS Oct 3 The United Nations
Security Council will begin negotiations on Monday on a draft
resolution that urges Russia and the United States to ensure an
immediate truce in Syria's Aleppo and to "put an end to all
military flights over the city."
The draft text, seen by Reuters, also asks U.N. chief Ban
Ki-moon to propose options for a U.N.-supervised monitoring of a
truce and threatens to "take further measures" in the event of
non-compliance by "any party to the Syrian domestic conflict."
The 15-member council will begin talks on the text - drafted
by France and Spain - on Monday afternoon, diplomats said.
It was not immediately clear how Russia and China would
respond to the draft, diplomats said. Both countries have
previously protected the Syrian government from council action
by blocking several resolutions, including a bid to refer the
situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has said that any
state that opposes the resolution would be deemed complicit in
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces, backed by support
from Russia and Iran, have been battling for control of eastern
Aleppo. Capturing the rebel-held half of Syria's largest city,
where more than 250,000 civilians are trapped, would be the
biggest victory of the five-year civil war for Assad's forces.
East Aleppo came under siege in early July after its main
supply route, the Castello Road, fell under government control.
International attempts to establish ceasefires to allow in
United Nations humanitarian aid have failed, although other aid
groups have brought in limited supplies.
The relentless Russian and Syrian air campaign has badly
damaged hospitals and water supplies.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Alan Crosby)