UN / SYRIA DOUBLE VETO

07-Jul-2020 00:02:01
The United Nations Security Council failed to adopt a draft resolution today (07 Jul) renewing the authorization for cross border deliveries into Syria’s northwest after the draft was vetoed by Russia and China. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SYRIA DOUBLE VETO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 07 JULY 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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JULY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations:
“The result of the voting is as follows, 13 votes in favour, two votes against, no abstentions. The draft resolution has not been adopted owing to the negative vote of two permanent members of the Council.”


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3. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations:
“We regret that this was not acceptable for all Security Council members, but this is not yet over. We will, in the coming hours and days, further engage in efforts with all parties to come to consensus. This is an important responsibility of the Council. We hope we can find unity in the interest of the Syrian people in need.”

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5. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rodney M. Hunter, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations:
"We’re ashamed by what this Council has to do right now because of the cynical attempts by the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China to put politics above the lives of the Syrian people. We are sad that that has had to happen, but we look forward to continue working with the penholders to find a way forward."


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7. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations:
"We reject those blames from the United States. It is once again demonstrating the hypocritical approach adopted by this country. While they are imposing unilateral sanctions, killing the Syrians, and then they are also philosophizing the process of the Security Council. So, we reject that sort of blame."

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9. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior
STORYLINE
The United Nations Security Council failed to adopt a draft resolution today (07 Jul) renewing the authorization for cross border deliveries into Syria’s northwest after the draft was vetoed by Russia and China.

The draft proposed that authorization be renewed to use Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salam border crossings from Turkey into Syria’s northwest for 12 months.

The draft resolution received 13 votes in favour but was not adopted “owing to the negative vote of two permanent members of the Council."

Speaking on behalf of the co-sponsors of the draft, Belgium and Germany, Belgian ambassador Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve said the penholders strived to reach consensus on purely humanitarian grounds. He said they also tried to get the Al Yaaroubia border crossing re-opened given the COVID-19 situation and following the calls of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for more crossline and cross border access in Syria’s northeast. De Buytswerve said reopening Al Yaaroubia was a redline for one member state, although it was broadly supported among Council members, and was therefore not included in the final draft.

SOUNDBITE (English) Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations:
“We regret that this was not acceptable for all Security Council members, but this is not yet over. We will, in the coming hours and days, further engage in efforts with all parties to come to consensus. This is an important responsibility of the Council. We hope we can find unity in the interest of the Syrian people in need.”

Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said his country understood the need to continue cross border operations in the northwest and tried to explain the Council members how this could continue. He said Russia introduced its own text and hoped it could be adopted, adding that cross border operations in Idlib would continue.

The Russian draft was put in blue, and will be put to a vote in the Council in the coming days.

United States diplomat Rodney Hunter said his delegation was “ashamed” by what the Council has to do “because of the cynical attempts by the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China to put politics above the lives of the Syrian people.” He said, “We are sad that that has had to happen, but we look forward to continue working with the penholders to find a way forward."

Chinese ambassador Zhang Jun said his country attaches great importance to the humanitarian needs of the Syrian people, and said China was doing its utmost to help the Syrian people through bilateral channels.

Zhang said China proposed amendments to the draft which mentions the unilateral coercive measures facing Syria. He said unless those measures were addressed, the humanitarian situation in Syria could not be addressed in a wholistic way. He called on those countries imposing unilateral sanctions on Syria to heed the calls of the Secretary-General and his Special Envoy Geir Pedersen to lift these measures.

Zhang rejected the blame placed on China from the United States. He said, “It is once again demonstrating the hypocritical approach adopted by this country. While they are imposing unilateral sanctions, killing the Syrians, and then they are also philosophizing the process of the Security Council. So, we reject that sort of blame."

The authorization to use the UN’s cross border aid mechanism is set to expire on 10 July.
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