On 7 July the UN Security Council, Russia and China vetoed a draft resolution to extend for a year cross-border operations to deliver humanitarian aid to Syria, said the Agency Reuters.
The remaining 13 members Sobota voted to approve the project.
The draft resolution was developed by Belgium and Germany. They suggested for a year to extend the current mechanism for delivery of assistance in Syria through two checkpoints on the Turkish-Syrian border, not obtaining the approval of Damascus (the term of the permit expires July 10).
But China and Russia refused to support the project. Instead, Russia has developed its own, it must be considered at the meeting on 8 July. Moscow insists supplies through only one checkpoint on the Turkish-Syrian border for six months, not a year.
AFP recalled that since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, Russia has used its veto 15 times, and China – the 9th. According to the Agency, European diplomats described the actions of Russia and China “very negative”. Nto shall astand in only one checkpoint is cynical, since it is not delivered to the people in General, they say.
Permanent mission of Belgium to the UN expressed the regret of voting results on 7 July.
“The resolution on cross-border transactions purely humanitarian: 3 million people depend on this mechanism. It is a safe and effective system of humanitarian aid in the world,” said in a Twitter statement, the Belgian diplomats.
They saidthat together with German colleagues will continue its efforts to ensure that the current mechanism for delivery of assistance was extended.
3/3 Together with @GermanyUN , we will continue our efforts as co-penholders to renew the mandate for this life-saving mechanism. We call on all UNSC members to take up their responsibilities and shoulder our efforts for a timely renewal. pic.twitter.com/4IEqDz4PjY
— Belgium UN New York (@BelgiumUN) July 7, 2020