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UN Security Council adopts Syria cross-border aid resolution, but refuses to acknowledge humanitarian costs of sanctions
The UN Security Council has finally reached a compromise, agreeing to keep one checkpoint in militant-controlled Idlib open for aid deliveries from Turkey. After vetoing two initial drafts, Russia and China abstained from voting.
Seeking to limit the number of border crossings outside of Syrian government control, Russia vetoed two Western resolutions and had two counter-proposals fail over the past week. A deal was finally reached Saturday night to keep just one checkpoint in militant-controlled territory open for the next 12 months – Bab Al-Hawa, which is used for over 80 percent of UN deliveries to northwestern Syria.
The Russian delegation abstained on the draft of the Security Council resolution on extension of the #crossborder mechanism (#CBM) of delivery of #humanitarian aid to #Syria. #UNSC #vote #EoV https://t.co/30FNdJGkkp pic.twitter.com/UbusbGbLNQ— Russian Mission UN (@RussiaUN) July 11, 2020
Moscow argued that the situation in Syria has changed dramatically in recent years and most of its territory is now under official Damascus control. China agreed that any cross-border deliveries should be “adjusted accordingly in light of the developments on the ground.”
While Moscow and Beijing criticized Western diplomats for refusing to acknowledge that unilateral sanctions on Syria aggravate the humanitarian crisis, they stopped short of vetoing the latest redaction of the resolution, drafted by Germany and Belgium.