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Syria’s cross-border aid mechanism has little chance of being extended in July — Nebenzya

On January 9, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution extending the cross-border aid mechanism in Syria for six more months

UNITED NATIONS, January 25. /TASS/. The current cross-border mechanism of humanitarian aid in Syria has little chance of its renewal this July, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday.

"Next year marks the tenth anniversary of the cross-border humanitarian aid mechanism in Syria, which currently supply northwestern Syria with humanitarian aid in violation of the generally recognized humanitarian norms," Nebenzya said. "In its current form, the mechanism has little chance of surviving, not only until its anniversary, but even until its next extension this July."

"If our Western counterparts do want to preserve the possibility of providing aid to the residents of Idlib but not via Damascus, they need to start working out, together with us, [the mechanism’s] deep transformation," the Russian permanent representative said.

On January 9, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution extending the cross-border aid mechanism in Syria for six more months. This decision extended the July 12, 2022 resolution on the cross-border aid mechanism, which envisages the operation of only one aid corridor at Bab al-Hawa on the Syrian-Turkish border.

Under the resolution, the United Nations secretary general is to issue a special report on Syria’s humanitarian demands by June 10. Unlike the previous documents on the cross-border aid mechanism, the resolution has no provision on the extension of the mechanism for six more months after the expiration of its current term.