UN: Blinken calls on Security Council to reopen border crossings for aid to Syria
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on the United Nations Security Council to reopen aid crossings into Syria, during a virtual session on Monday.
“The lives of people in Syria depend on getting urgent help. We have to do everything in our power to create ways for that aid to get to them – to open pathways, not to close them,” he said, as he was chairing a virtual Security Council session on Syria.
“The members of this Council have a job to do. Reauthorise all three border crossings for humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people. Stop taking part in – or making excuses for – attacks that close these pathways, and stop targeting humanitarian aid workers and the Syrian civilians they are trying to help. Stop making humanitarian assistance, on which millions of Syrians’ lives depends, a political issue,” stated Blinken.
Humanitarian supplies can only go through the Bab al-Hawa crossing on the Turkish border. Measures to reauthorise crossings through Bab al-Salam and Al Yarubiyah were vetoed by China and Russia in July 2020.
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