SYRIA: UN SECURITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES SYRIA AID ACCESS RESOLUTION.(23.02.2014)
The United Nations Security Council on Saturday unanimously adopted a resolution on humanitarian situation in Syria.
The UN News Centre said that the Security Council called through resolution no. 2139 on all asides, particularly the Syrian authorities, to immediately allow humanitarian aid to reach the humanitarian agencies of the UN and its partners quickly, safely and unhindered, including through “conflict” lines and across borders.
The Council members stressed the need for all sides to cease attacking civilians, which includes random use of weapons in populated areas, denouncing the “wide-scale violations of human rights and international law.”
The resolution also urged all sides of the conflict to lift sieges on populated areas, including areas in Aleppo, Damascus, Damascus Countryside and Homs, in addition to emphasizing the importance of medical impartiality and disarming medical facilities, schools and other civilian facilities.
The Council asked the UN Secretary-General to present a report to its members ever 30 days as of Saturday to inform them of progress in implementing the resolution.
The Council also opined that the humanitarian conditions will continue to deteriorate in the absence of a political solution, voicing support for UN-sponsored direct talks between representatives of the government and the opposition.
The UN News Centre said that this resolution is based on the presidential statement issued four months ago which called for taking immediate steps to protect civilians and providing access to people in need.
Al-Jaafari: Humanitarian support to the Syrians is not possible unless it goes hand in hand with stopping terrorism
Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari said the Syrian government has worked since the onset of the crisis to improve humanitarian situation in Syria, placing it atop of its priories.
The Syrian government has been working to restore security and stability all over Syria and is fully committed to international obligations, he added.
He indicated that the Syrian government has ”pulled the mask off the opposition’s bad intentions, ” holding the countries that support terrorists in Syria responsible for obstructing aid operations.
Humanitarian support to the Syrians is not possible unless it goes hand in hand with stopping terrorism in words and action, al-Jaafari affirmed, adding that the Syrian government is exercising its right in fighting terrorism that is striking the Syrians indiscriminately.
Terrorists are targeting Syrian infrastructure and resources, aid convoys, besieging areas and blocking aid deliveries to civilians and using them as human shields, al-Jaafari pointed out.
Russia’s Ambassador to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin said in a speech following the vote that there are attempts to exploit the humanitarian situation in Syria, calling on all parties to cooperate with the international organizations and the Syrian government.
”Russia has backed the resolution when it was agreed upon and became balanced,” he said. ”The goal of the resolution is to improve the situation in Syria and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need,” Churkin added.
Churkin said difficulty remains when it comes delivering aid to the areas held by the gunmen who are ”shooting aid convoys and using civilians as human shields,” adding that the opposition’s activities aim to torpedo relief efforts.
Hard-to-access areas, such as Aleppo, Homs, Hama, Deir Ezzor and others have received more than 51 aid convoys, Churkin pointed out.
”Gunmen are still hampering aid deliveries by humanitarian organizations,” he said.
He said the opposition must shoulder its responsibility and work for eradicating terrorism in cooperation with the Syrian government.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that implementing the agreement “swiftly and in good faith” will ease the suffering of the Syrian people, urging all parties to comply with the international humanitarian law.
The UN chief hailed the humanitarian efforts of the UN and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, pointing out that ”the UN agencies have managed to reach big numbers, but many remain hard to reach.