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Syria: Humanitarian Aid

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL13446, tabled on 22 February 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all UN-authorised crossings into Syria are reopened permanently for the safe entry of humanitarian goods; and whom they plan to consult on this matter.

Answered on

8 March 2021

The UK regularly raises the issue of UN-mandated crossborder access, including most recently on 25 February, at the UN Security Council. We continue to use our position at the UN Security Council and in bilateral discussions, informed by regular consultation with UN agencies, United Nations Under-SecretaryGeneral for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, human rights organisations and others, to push for greater aid access into Syria and to urge renewal of Resolution 2533.

We are appalled that Russia, backed by China, has twice sought to block cross-border aid access into Syria, placing political support for the Assad regime above lifesaving support for the Syrian people. The UK remains committed to the delivery of aid to those most in need in Syria, through all mechanisms. We strongly support the renewal of UNSCR 2533 and are urging members of the UN Security Council to vote in favour of renewing the resolution to avoid further humanitarian disaster.