Russia, China are using veto against extending the aid mechanism to Syria across the border

​​​​​​​Yesterday, Russia and China used their veto power against a draft resolution providing for a one-year extension of the delivery mechanism for cross-border aid to Syria through two border entry points linked with Turkey and not including talk of the Tel Koçer / al-Yarubiyah crossing with Iraq, according to diplomats.

The draft resolution submitted by Germany and Belgium, who are charged with the humanitarian aspect of the Syrian file at the United Nations, called for a one-year extension, until 10 July 2021, of the mechanism for introducing aid to Syria, which will expire on Friday.

The draft resolution also stipulated to keep the two current entry points on the Syrian-Turkish border in Bab al-Salama and Bab al-Hawa, which are areas under Turkish occupation and the Headquarters of Heyat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra and classified on the list of international terrorism.

The text of the decision did not mention the necessity of opening Tel Koçer / al-Yarubiyah crossing with Iraq, which is located in north and east Syria, and opening it would deliver aid to more than 5 million people living in this area.

The draft resolution submitted was subject to a written vote, according to Agence France-Presse.

For its part, Russia has demanded that the aid mechanism be extended for a period of only six months, and that it be delivered via one border point exclusively, according to diplomats.

The other 13 members of the council voted in favor of the German-Belgian text, according to the same sources.

After the result of the vote, Russia was rushed to propose its own text, which includes an extension of the UN aid mechanism to Syria for six months and through one crossing on the border with Turkey, a diplomat told AFP.

The results of the vote on the proposed Russian text will be decided on Wednesday evening.

This is the 15th veto Moscow has used at the United Nations since the conflict in Syria erupted in 2011.



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