: Russia refuses to sign final statement of Istanbul humanitarian forum

12:43 May. 14, 2016

Russia refuses to sign final statement of Istanbul humanitarian forum

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Moscow says its position has been ignored

Russia will not support the final statement of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on May 23-24, says a letter from the Russian delegation circulated among the UN member states. The document states Russia is dissatisfied with the forum preparations, and the final statement ignores Moscow's view on the issue.

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According to the letter, since the announcement of the summit in 2014, the Russian delegation had no opportunity to actively participate in working out the position "which now represents the main result of the summit."

The summit's main commitments include conflict prevention, compliance with international humanitarian law, aid and improvement of funding. Russia's letter emphasizes the obligations "are imposed as an ultimatum without an opportunity for member states to express their own positions and observations."

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