UN / SYRIA CROSS-BORDER HUMANITARIAN ACCESS

10-Jul-2020 00:00:30
With the deadline just hours away, the Security Council has failed on its third attempt this week to extend its authorization for lifesaving food, medicine and shelter to cross into northwest Syria from Turkey. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SYRIA CROSS-BORDER HUMANITARIAN ACCESS
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DATELINE: 10 JULY 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Tilt up, UN headquarters exterior

10 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.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

3. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior
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With the deadline just hours away, the Security Council has failed on its third attempt this week to extend its authorization for lifesaving food, medicine and shelter to cross into northwest Syria from Turkey.

Announcing the results today (10 Jul), German ambassador Christoph Heusgen said, “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.”

This is the second time in three days that Russia and China vetoed a draft resolution to extend the authorisation for the UN and its partners to use the Bab Al-Hawa and Bab Al-Salam border crossings to deliver into northwest Syria. The Council also voted yesterday on a Russian draft that failed to receive enough votes in favour to be adopted.

Today’s draft was introduced by humanitarian penholders Germany and Belgium. It proposed extending the authorisation to use both border crossings for six months. The Council is expected to vote on a fourth draft presented by Russia to re-authorise the UN’s cross border mechanism.

The UN cross border mechanism was established in 2014 by resolution 2165 and was subsequently renewed since. In January 2020, the Council renewed the authorisation to use two of the four originally mandated crossings for a further six months in resolution 2504, the effect of which is set to expire today.

In his latest report to the Council on the implementation of the cross-border mechanism, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that the deliveries through Bab al-Salam and Bab al-Hawa are not only operating at record levels but must be further scaled up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He recommended that authorisation for both crossing points be extended for an additional 12 months, adding that a failure to renew would severe a lifeline from millions whom the United Nations cannot reach by other means.
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