New York (UNA-OIC) – The United Nations Security Council on Saturday authorized for one year, cross-border humanitarian aid from Turkey into northwest Syria.
Updated resolution 2533, cosponsored by Germany, will allow the delivery of food, medicine and other life-saving assistance through the Bab al-Hawa Border Crossing.
“It is good news for millions of people in Syria that the Security Council was ultimately able to agree on our compromise proposal,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, expressing relief over the extension.
Along with co-penholders Germany and Belgium, voting in favour of the resolution were Estonia, France, Indonesia, Niger, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam. Meanwhile, China, Dominican Republic and Russia abstained.
The previous authorization, under resolution 2504, for the six-year-long humanitarian operation expired on Friday midnight, leaving millions of Syrian civilians in limbo.
Taking note of the Security Council’s decision, through his spokesperson, UN Secretary General António Guterres said that the reauthorization would help safeguard assistance for “2.8 million people-in-need” in the northwest until July next year.
“Cross-border humanitarian assistance remains a lifeline for millions of people-in-need in the area and beyond,” he upheld.
The UN chief also reiterated his call on all parties to the conflict to “ensure humanitarian access to all people in need in accordance with international humanitarian law”.