Thank you, President. I join the others in thanking the Secretary-General, George Griffiths, and Mr. Agha for their briefings.
As we have heard, the Security Council will soon consider the UN mandate to provide cross-border assistance to Syria.
The UK has no doubt that this council must take decisions that will alleviate humanitarian suffering and contribute to peace and security.
We base our decisions on evidence, on the advice of humanitarian actors who work to save lives.
This month, a delegation of British ministers visited the Turkish-Syrian border and witnessed the enormous efforts being made to ensure regular, transparent cross-border humanitarian operations.
As we heard today, the situation in Syria due to the 11-year conflict continues to deteriorate, with 80% of the population in need of humanitarian assistance.
The call of the humanitarian people on the border, as well as the leaders of the UN, the leaders of more than 32 non-governmental organizations is clear this past week. Termination of the mandate will be catastrophic.
That would mean.
· About 2.5 million people lose food, water և basic services.
· Reduced access to services for women and girls, who make up 80% of the North West population.
· Loss of control provided by the UN “gold standard” monitoring mechanism, which has inspected more than 56,000 trucks since 2014 և prevented aid from falling into the hands of terrorists.
Եւ դա This will be a disastrous obstacle to efforts to combat COVID-19 in the Northwest, where only 5.7% of the population is fully vaccinated.
Closing of previous crossings should serve as a clear warning. Needs in the Northeast became more acute after the closure of Yarubia.
Across Syria this year, more than 2.9 million indirect beneficiaries of early recovery programs, such as Deputy Secretary-General Griffiths, have received $ 195 million in international funding.
The United Kingdom will continue to play its role. We have pledged about $ 200 million in humanitarian assistance in 2022. It will support continuous early rehabilitation in all regions of Syria, supporting urban-rural livelihoods, rehabilitation of water networks, and quality education for children. But without a mandate extension, early reconstruction plans in northwestern Syria will be jeopardized.
So I urge board members to review the evidence and listen to the experts. humanitarian need և regional stability requires Resolution 2585 թարմ to be updated և expanded.
UN և Humanitarian partners demand an extension of at least 12 months to continue expanding early recovery programs.
There is no excuse for ending this vital line of life. As Mr. Agha said, there are more than 4 million reasons to extend a cross-border mandate, and those are the ones who depend on it. We must stand by the Syrian people.
Responding to the call of the humanitarian forces on the border with Syria
SourceResponding to the call of the humanitarian forces on the border with Syria