The UN Security Council began work on Wednesday on a draft resolution co-drafted by Tunisia and France calling for “enhanced coordination” and a general cessation of hostilities in conflicts on its agenda, facing to the coronavirus pandemic.
The three-page draft, obtained by the AFP, was handed over to the 15 members of the Security Council.
The project “underlines the urgent need for better coordination between all countries” and “demands an immediate and general cessation of hostilities in all countries on its agenda”.
It also calls on “all parties to armed conflict to immediately commit to a lasting humanitarian pause for at least 30 consecutive days”.
But it exempts military operations against IS, Al-Qaeda and Al-Nusra groups, and all “terrorist” entities listed by the Security Council.
Discussions will begin shortly after members make their first comments on the text, diplomats said on condition of anonymity.
“There will be no negotiations as such,” said a diplomat, adding that a vote could take place early next week.
A decisive push for the text could come from a video conference of the leaders of the five permanent members which could take place on Friday, according to Russian media.
The Security Council has remained reluctant since the start of the pandemic, silenced by strong divisions between its permanent members – notably the United States, China and Russia.
It did not hold its first meeting devoted exclusively to the pandemic until April 9, after a push from Germany; and he then took no firm stand.
The current project is the result of several weeks of negotiations between a party, made up of ten non-permanent members of the Council, led by Tunisia; and the permanent members, led by France.
“It is very important that the Security Council speak with one voice on the current crisis affecting the whole world,” UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said on Wednesday during his daily press conference.