Syria: Statement by High Representative Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič on the UN vote on cross border assistance
July 13, 2020
The United Nations Security Council adopted on Saturday [11 July] a much-needed resolution on cross border assistance that is crucial for helping people suffering from the conflict in Syria.
We appreciate the tireless efforts of the penholders – Germany and Belgium – and all other EU Member States and likeminded countries at the UN Security Council to get the resolution adopted in order to ensure the maintenance of essential cross border assistance to the people of Syria.
However, it is a matter of deep concern that the resolution adopted after repeated vetoes by Russia and China authorises only one crossing point out of the two previously available to the UN. The unconstructive approach of certain members of the Security Council is all the more regrettable at a time when needs have never been greater and in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
(..) The reports by the UN Secretary General of 21 February and 24 June called for full, sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access to people in need in all parts of the Syrian Arab Republic, using all modalities, including scale up of cross-line and cross-border deliveries. The European Union supports this demand and will continue to do its utmost to provide assistance to those in need inside Syria, even under the current circumstances when the humanitarian space continues to shrink.