UN veto blocks vital aid for Syrians – Syrian Arab Republic

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A statement from CARE International on the cross-border resolution vote in Syria

CARE International strongly condemns the use of a veto on a humanitarian resolution at the UN Security Council on Friday, which led to the Council’s failure to renew the cross-border resolution that ensured humanitarian aid reached people in the need in Syria.

At a time when the needs in Syria are greater than ever, the Security Council has effectively closed a vital lifeline providing food, clean water, shelter, medical assistance, education and essential protection on which more than four million Syrians in the northwest depend. for their survival.

It is a dark day in the 77-year history of the UN Security Council. International humanitarian law states that Syrians across the country who need humanitarian assistance have the right to receive it, regardless of where they live. By putting politics above the lives of Syrians, Council members have failed Syrians across the country.

This decision will add to the suffering and loss of life among Syrians, especially women and girls. 11 years of this conflict has resulted in widespread human rights violations and denial of justice, resulting in ever-increasing needs for Syrians. In northwestern Syria, an estimated 70% of the population is food insecure, some 1.7 million displaced people suffer from inadequate or dire living conditions, with minimal access to health, to education and other essential services.

Vulnerabilities are growing and people’s ability to cope with this protracted conflict is collapsing. The scarcity of resources such as water and the economic crisis in Syria and Turkey have aggravated a desperate situation. Now is the time to do more, not less.

Together with our dedicated Syrian partners, CARE continues to provide assistance to the people of the North West, but we are deeply concerned that we cannot scale up our work enough or even begin to fill the huge gaps left by the UN.

We urge the Security Council to find a way to put politics aside and urgently reauthorize cross-border assistance and ensure that the lives of the Syrian people come first.

Read the full statement on the CARE International website.

For media enquiries, contact Iona Salter on 0413 185 634.

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