Instigated by Washington, the UN Security Council votes against a Russian draft resolution on the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria

At the instigation of the United States, the UN Security Council voted against a Russian draft resolution on the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria through one border crossing.

“Four countries voted in favor of adopting the draft resolution, and seven countries rejected it, while the remaining four abstained from voting,” Agence France Press quoted Germany’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Christoph Heusgen as saying.

Before the vote, the US delegate to the United Nations Kelly Craft launched an incitement campaign against the Russian draft and called on members of the Security Council to vote against it.

 

Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia announced on Wednesday that his country will present to the UN Security Council a new draft resolution on  the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria.

The Russian delegate noted that Russia and China used veto power against a draft resolution on the possibility of extending the mechanism of transporting humanitarian aid for a year across the border without the consent of the Syrian government, reiterating that this draft resolution exploits the humanitarian situation in Syria and violates its sovereignty. 

In last year December, Russia voted against a similar draft resolution submitted by Germany, Belgium and Kuwait. At that time, the Russian representative to the UN stated that the draft resolution was unacceptable because it’s not supposed to transfer humanitarian aid to Syria without the approval of the Syrian government.

It is noteworthy that the UN Security Council adopted Resolution No. 2165, which authorized humanitarian convoys heading to Syria to cross the borders with extending its validity every year, and this mechanism is still in place since July 2014.

Inas Abdulkareem

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