Russia has presented a draft U.N. Security Council resolution endorsing safe or “de-escalation” zones in Syria, but Defense Secretary James Mattis cautioned Monday that the proposal leaves many questions unanswered.
“There’s a lot of details to be worked out,” Mattis told reporters en route to Copenhagen, saying these included “who’s going to be ensuring they’re safe, who is signing up for it, who is specifically to be kept out of them.”
Also unclear at this point was whether the zones would be effective in helping to end the conflict, he said, adding that there were many decision yet to be made, regarding “planning, coordination among a number of nations, and obviously in execution.”
Mattis stressed that the U.S. was engaged on the issue, and examining the proposal carefully.
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