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Question for Department for International Development

UIN HL4269, tabled on 20 January 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they and international organisations have made to the government of Turkey about access for medical and relief supplies from Turkey to northern Syria, which has been prevented since 2012; and what replies, if any, they have received.

Answered on

2 February 2015

We are in regular contact with the Government of Turkey on the need for effective aid deliveries into Syria. Access for medical and relief supplies from Turkey to northern Syria has been ongoing through cross-border operations carried out by International NGOs, and has increased since the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2165/2191 authorising the UN to deliver aid across borders without regime consent. Following the adoption of Resolution 2165, according to the UN over 410,000 people have been reached with medical assistance, including more than 347,000 people from Turkey.