On Friday, January 10, the U.N. Security Council passed a stripped-down version of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2449 which authorizes cross border humanitarian assistance into Syria. More information will be posted in due time.
InterAction takes this opportunity to remind all conflict parties that regardless of what this U.N. Security Council resolution authorizes, it is the obligation of all parties to the Syrian conflict to protect civilians which includes allowing impartial humanitarian actors to reach people in need wherever they are located with lifesaving services.
InterAction Members released the following statement in response to today’s outcome at the Security Council:
“We are deeply concerned that the United Nations Security Council has voted today to scale back humanitarian assistance to millions of acutely vulnerable people in Syria. The UN’s cross-border mechanism enables life-saving assistance to reach over four million people who are in need of humanitarian aid and can only be reached cross-border, rather than from within Syria. Today after weeks of negotiations, members of the UN Security Council have used their powers to force the removal of critical channels of aid that have supported the lives of millions of Syrian people, including the immediate disruption of half the lifesaving health response in northeast Syria.
“This comes at a time where conflict and attacks on civilians, hospitals and schools in Idlib have forced more than 300,000 people to flee in just the last month, and harsh winter weather conditions are compounding the misery for Syrian families living without access to basic services or shelter. In North-East Syria, where the cross-border lifeline used by the United Nations has been closed thanks to today’s vote, an estimated 1,650,000 people are reliant on humanitarian assistance. This is another unacceptable example of countries putting politics above people and will ultimately result in further unnecessary suffering.”
International Rescue Committee
Save the Children
World Vision International
Norwegian Refugee Council
People in Need