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Russian calls for ‘maximally effective’ terrorism fight

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addresses the United Nations Security Council at the United Nations headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addresses the United Nations Security Council at the United Nations headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia followed its launch of airstrikes in Syria with a call on Wednesday for the world to unite in the fight against terrorist groups, with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov telling foreign ministers of world powers that his country was circulating a draft U.N. security Council resolution to help make it happen.

Russia spoke a day after President Barack Obama made his own pitch on countering the threat of the Islamic State and other groups to a gathering of world leaders at the U.N.

With Obama gone on Wednesday, it was the turn of Russia, which this month holds the presidency of the Security Council, the U.N.’s most powerful body.

Lavrov listed countries with a key role to play in resolving the chaos in Syria, including Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar , the U.S. and even China.

“What we require are collective agreed approaches backed by Security Council,” Lavrov said.

Secretary of State Jon Kerry was expected to address the meeting.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict also will be on agenda Wednesday, with the so-called Quartet of Mideast mediators — the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia — meeting alone first and then with key Mideast nations to discuss reviving long-stalled peace negotiations.

The Palestinians also plan a ceremony where President Mahmoud Abbas will raise their flag at the U.N. for the first time

Conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Africa have sparked a mass exodus of people to Europe. Migration will be the subject of a high-level session Wednesday on the sidelines of the General Assembly’s annual ministerial meeting.

 

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