Around 11 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian aid and almost 5 million live in areas that are difficult for humanitarian workers to reach. Unanimous vote at the UNSC today on UN aid delivery across Syria, which is first of its kind and major step forward in international-community’s efforts in Syria.
I welcome the unanimous adoption of the UN Security Council resolution providing cross-border access to Syria for the provision of humanitarian aid.
This resolution contains practical measures that will, if implemented, significantly increase the number of Syrians who can receive humanitarian assistance. It obliges the parties to the Syrian conflict to allow the immediate and unhindered delivery of aid across the country, including across conflict lines.
The resolution provides for the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers and establishes a mechanism to ensure the assistance delivered through these border crossings is limited to humanitarian aid.