United Nations Security Council Adopts Syrian Roadmap Resolution

On December 18, 2015, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry chaired a United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria to reinforce efforts to accelerate an end to the conflict. In remarks at the council, Secretary Kerry outlined three goals the United States has set in support of the Security Council’s overarching objective to put an end to the indiscriminate bombing, the acts of terror, the torture, and the bloodshed in Syria.

The first goal is to support our friends and to ensure that the instability created by the civil war in Syria does not spread further beyond its borders. That is why the United States is providing a record amount of humanitarian assistance, and doing more to help Syria’s neighbors strengthen their capacity to safeguard their territory and to defend against external threats.

The second goal is to, along with our coalitional partners, degrade and defeat the terrorist organization known as Daesh. In the past half year, the coalition and its partners have worked with Iraqi forces in liberating Tikrit, freeing Sinjar, removing terrorist commanders from the battlefield, cutting off terrorist supply lines, hitting their oil facilities, and increasingly depriving Daesh of more of the territory it once controlled.

The third goal is to bolster the fight against the terrorists with a broadly supported diplomatic process that gives the Syrian people a real choice -- not between Assad or Daesh -- between war and peace, and between the violent extremes and a newly empowered political center.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, left, listens as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, address a gathering in the U.N. Security Council of Foreign Ministers following a vote on a draft resolution concerning Syria, December 18, 2015 at the UN headquarters [AP Photo]

To accomplish these interrelated goals, the United States has joined in a broader, more action-oriented effort than ever before attempted regarding Syria. This effort is aimed at isolating the terrorists, putting Syria on the road to a political transition as envisioned by the Geneva communique, and now embraced by the international community through the United Nations Security Council resolution 2254, which calls for a ceasefire and political settlement in Syria.

The council’s vote on resolution 2254 is an important boost on the road to a political settlement. It sends a clear message that now is the time to stop the killing and to lay the groundwork for a government the people of Syria can support. Secretary Kerry noted, “It is a particularly important step because it reaffirms this body’s endorsement of the Geneva communique about the transitional governing body with full executive authority, and it also endorses the progress and the statements that we made in Vienna to set a timeline -- a timeline for transition, a timeline for election, and standards for that election -- the highest standards under the supervision of the United Nations for a free, fair, transparent, and accountable election. It also brings fundamental values and principles that can guide the shaping of Syria by Syrians for Syrians.”

Secretary Kerry looked to the future and underscored that the international community has a global imperative to deal with the terrorist threat Daesh presents, but also to end the civil war and to bring legitimacy back to the governance of Syria. “…Let us proceed with confidence from here and a determination to end this war, eliminate the terrorist threat, and enable the people of Syria to return safely to their homes,” he concluded.

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Al F.
December 20, 2015
Don't believe John Kerry when he says Assad is a magnet for extremists. What he is not telling the American people is that the US and its allies are the ones that are allowing terrorists to enter Syria through Turkey's border. They want Assad out so they can install a puppet. Once he is out, that's when US' allies will end the flow of terrorists. This is how it works. They can end the war if they want to, but their own is regime change. Assad is not the problem here. It's them and their desire to impose their will on the Syrian people.
Texas, USA
December 22, 2015
I want to thank all of you for doing a very good job on all of the issues we are faced with and let's not forget we have to win all the way in this one there has to be the change we want to that see.
White E.
United States
January 7, 2016
Liar Liar Pants on fire! The Syrian people can decide for themselves with the next offered election whether they want Assad or not, and its looking more like they prefer Assad. We all saw Just how well the UN's actions in Lybia worked, with the US importing terrorists into Lybia and the UN bombing Lybia's state troops with their so called 'no fly' zone. The PEOPLE of Libya PREFERED the government that they had, with Gaddaffi sharing the country's Oil wealth with the people and a strong social set up, however imperfect it may have been it was the strongest, most stable and most democratic of the Arab republics. The UN just had to dive in and support Islamic Jihadist terroristic radicals. The same thing seems to be happening with Syria. We don't need any more of this style of non-diplomacy. Pressure to conform to human rights standards can be applied without attacking, usurping and totally messing up the infrastructure and social structures of a country, or replacing it with inferior, warring, sectarian shira law enforcing, civil war continuing tribal units.
White E.
Texas, USA
January 7, 2016
I never much liked Assad, but in my opinion, the UN, after bringing death and destruction and ruining the way of life for the citizens of Lybia, needs to keep out of the politics of other nations. It does not own or have jouridiction over Syria like it seems to be acting with these councils and goings on. Supporting terrorists in another country to overthrow its government is not 'cool', nor does it help the citizens as a whole. We have seen well how this results in the persecution of minorities, much less the cause of the mass influx of refugees into other courntries, mainly Europe it seems like. For over a year the US and our allies had the chance to stomp ISIS out of existence, instead they hindered this war on terror by conducting a war of terror on Assad. Counter productive. The one doing the best at stopping this horrendous group has been Russia, and most effectively so. And we now know it has been Turkey that has been the customer and aiding and abetting ISIS. Time to lay blame where the blame truly rests.
A gathering in the U.N. Security Council Foreign Ministers led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry vote on a draft resolution concerning Syria, December 18, 2015 at United Nations headquarters
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