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The United Nations does not adopt a second resolution to continue the transfer of humanitarian aid to Syria

July 9, 2020

The United Nations Security Council failed this Wednesday to approve a second resolution proposed by Russia to continue the transfer of humanitarian aid to the Syrian civilian population after Moscow and Beijing vetoed another extension the previous day .

The Russian proposal was a counter-resolution to that put forward by Germany and Belgium, considering the possibility of extending the spread of this humanitarian aid across two border points with Turkey by one year without taking control of the government of Bashar al Assad.

For its part, Moscow had proposed opening only one of these two border points for six months, connecting Turkey with the province of Idlib, the last stronghold of the opposition to Al Assad in the northwest of the country.

The United Nations does not adopt a second resolution to continue the transfer of humanitarian aid to SyriaThe United Nations does not adopt a second resolution to continue the transfer of humanitarian aid to Syria

Thus, only four countries voted in favor of the Russian draft: Russia – Al Assad’s ally -, China, Vietnam and South Africa. Seven of them, including Germany – currently the chair of the Security Council -, the United States, the United Kingdom and France, voted against, while the remaining four abstained.