Russia said on Wednesday that it is seeking changes to a U.N. Security Council resolution that authorizes cross-border aid delivery to opposition-held parts of Syria without approval from the Syrian government, AFP reported.
Speaking at the Security Council, Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said that cross-border aid deliveries, which the U.N. authorized in 2014, were being diverted.
“This mechanism cannot remain as it presently stands,” Nebenzia said, adding that it “undermines the sovereignty of Syria.”
He also said, “There needs to be order in the distribution of humanitarian assistance for it not to fall in the hands of terrorists and for it not to then be re-sold to the Syrian people at higher prices.”
Russia’s comments come ahead of a vote on renewing the resolution that authorizes cross-border assistance. The resolution expires on Jan. 10, according to AFP.
U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told the Security Council that cross-border deliveries were “essential to save lives.”
He said that in the first 10 months of 2017, “over 750,000 people on average each month were reached through U.N. cross-border activities,” the Associated Press reported.
Most cross-border assistance to opposition-held parts of Syria comes from Jordan and Turkey.
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