After tough negotiations; The UN Security Council agrees to extend aid deliveries to Syria. But these are now only possible with severe restrictions. As Russia triumphs; aid organizations fear that millions of people in need will be provided.
After a long struggle; The UN Security Council decides to continue limited humanitarian aid to Syria. Aid organizations believe that the solution; which is a victory for Russia; could endanger the care of millions of people in need. The most powerful UN body voted for a German-Belgian resolution proposal with abstentions from among others; Russia and China. Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was nevertheless relieved in the face of the agreement.
The adopted regulation stipulates; that only one border crossing from Turkey will be kept open for aid deliveries; to northern Syria over a period of twelve months. In a key point; this corresponds to Russia’s demands. Moscow – one of the most important allies of Syria – had prevented several German proposals with two border crossings together with China by Vetos.
Supply situation has deteriorated
The background to this is a UN resolution that has been in existence since 2014; which expired on Saturday night after six years. It allowed the United Nations to bring essential relief supplies; to parts of Syria through border crossings that are not controlled by the government
After Russian resistance; the once four transitions were reduced; to two at the beginning of the year; since then the supply situation for some regions has deteriorated significantly; according to aid organizations. This could come to a head with Saturday’s agreement; as 2.8 million people in northwestern Syria rely on humanitarian aid according to the UN.
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