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Today the Security Council finally took a step toward addressing these devastating levels of human suffering in Syria. The United States wants nothing more than to see the ceasefire in this resolution implemented immediately across the country. It is critical that the Assad regime and its allies comply with our demand to stop the assault on Eastern Ghouta.
But we are late to respond to this crisis, very late. Today, Russia has belatedly decide to join the international consensus and accept the need to call for a ceasefire. We look to the Assad regime's backers, especially Russia and Iran, to address what the secretary general rightly called quote, hell on Earth.
Our goal with this resolution is clear. The Assad regime needs to stop its military activities around Eastern Ghouta, and for once, allow humanitarian access to all of those who need it.