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Security Council once again rejects Russia’s resolution on trans-border aid to Syria

The UN Security Council once again voted to reject the Russian draft resolution on international aid deliveries to Syria via one checkpoint on the border with Turkey, said Christoph Heusgen, Germany’s envoy to the UN who chairs the Council in July, according to the Russian News Agency Itar Tass.

The draft resolution received seven ‘no’ votes and four ‘yes’ votes, with four abstentions.

A UN source told TASS that the document was supported by Russia, China, Vietnam and South Africa. The United Kingdom, the United States, France, Belgium, Germany, the Dominican Republic and Estonia voted against, while Indonesia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Tunisia abstained.

 Earlier, Russia’s first deputy UN envoy, Dmitry Polyansky, said the updated Russian resolution "will allow cross-border humanitarian deliveries to Idlib in Syria through crossing point Bab-el-Hawa for one year." "This border-crossing accounts for more than 85% of total volume of operations," the Russian diplomat added.

Moscow has explained the need to gradually curtail the mechanism of trans-border deliveries to Syria by the changing situation on the ground. As the Syrian government regains control over more and more regions, international aid to those areas can be delivered in coordination with Damascus and in accordance with the international humanitarian law.

Russia, China veto draft resolution that violates Syria’s sovereignty

On Friday, Russia and China vetoed a Western draft resolution at the Security Council related to delivering humanitarian aid to Syria that violates its sovereignty.

The Syrian News Agency SANA reported that the draft resolution, which was submitted by non-permanent members Germany and Belgium, stipulated for extending the mechanism for transferring humanitarian aid across borders without coordinating with the Syrian government for six months via two border crossings.

Two days ago, Russia and China vetoed a similar draft resolution that stipulated for extending the mechanism for a year.

In January 2020, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution extending the cross-border aid mechanism for six months but reducing the number of checkpoints from four to two.

Hamda Mustafa