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Talk: Cross-border aid in Syria can not be replaced: UK statement in the UN Security Council

Madam President, my second point is the fact that a political solution, since others have said, is the only way to bring a finish to the humanitarian crisis. This implies implementing Resolution 2254. That is to say: a nationwide ceasefire; safe, voluntary and dignified return of refugees; free plus fair elections in line with a brand new constitution  and release of these arbitrarily detained. I want to thank, as well, USG Griffiths for their work to address gender-based assault. Colleagues will recall that will three weeks ago the UK hosted a preventing sex-related violence in conflict conference in order to strengthen global response to this issue. The particular Secretary General’s special document, published this month, aims the criticality of foods, shelter, and medical assistance — in particular, the response to cholera and immunisation services. First, to the humanitarian situation. The facts on the ground are clear, as Specific Envoy Pederson said, we now have an ever-deepening humanitarian crisis. An estimated 15. 3 million Syrians will be in dreadful need of humanitarian assistance by early 2023, along with approximately 12 million dealing with acute food insecurity. Thank you. The UN has also clearly explained that cross-line operations accompany, but cannot replace or compensate for, the cross-border system. Thank you, President. I wish to start by thanking our briefers Special Envoy Geir Pedersen and USG Martin Griffiths for their comprehensive and sobering briefings today. So my first stage is that, with millions of Syrians facing another harsh wintertime, the moral and humanitarian imperatives are clear: reviving the cross-border mandate within January and continuing cross-border assistance is essential to the UN’s humanitarian operation, and provides the lifeline to those people within desperate need. My third point, Madam Chief executive, is that as we have heard, continuing the status quo is not an option. Syria needs the Security Council to unite and to support restoration of cross-border aid inside a humanitarian framework, and implementation of Security Council quality 2254 – leading to the political solution. We call for the immediate reconvening of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva to focus on the particular substance of political transition. The Syrian opposition remains ready to engage in good trust. We urge Russia as well as the regime to do the same. We know that thousands of Syrians are arbitrarily detained in regime detention centres and information on their location is withheld from their families. Worse, the Syrian  Network for Human Rights reported yesterday that hundreds of detainee deaths, including many children, were never reported towards the families.


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