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US: Failure of UN Syria Cease-Fire Demands 'Day of Shame'


FILE - United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addresses the U.N. Security Council on Syria during a meeting of the Council at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., March 12, 2018.

U.N. Security Council members are venting frustrations and trading blame over their unheeded demand for a 30-day cease-fire in Syria.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday `should be a day of shame' for a council that saw the 30 days elapse with continued bombing, deaths and suffering. The February 24 resolution aimed to enable humanitarian aid as Syria enters its eighth year of civil war.

Haley blamed the Syrian government and key ally Russia, which has lent air support to government forces. She said Russia has used its veto-wielding seat to stop the Security Council from doing more.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia argued his country was the only member taking "concrete measures." Russia ordered daily "humanitarian pauses" and says they've allowed over 100,000 people to be evacuated from eastern Ghouta.

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