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UN Security Council Solidarity Centers on Syrian Humanitarian Aid


By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

In a rare motion of solidarity, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), has finally made a move that demands Syria stop attacks on civilians and allow international aid to the three million people “in hard to reach areas” that are in critical need of food and medical supplies.

Even Russia voted in favor of the UNSC Resolution 2139. This marks the first time the Russians made a move with any language that compels Syria’s ruling regime, under the person of President Bashar al Assad to action with further actions to be taken.

China and Russia previously vetoed three attempts of the UNSC to move against the Syrian government in the last three years since the start of civil protests leading to the Civil War.

International diplomacy surrounding Syria has been steadily making progress this last year: first by the accidental diplomacy of Washington and a Chemical Weapons Ban in Syria; and second, through the Geneva II talks that led the UN leadership to this latest breakthrough.

The language in UNSC Resolution 2139:

Calls on an end to violence from all parties.

Cites a $2.5 billion dollar humanitarian pledge by member states.

Condemns the increased terrorist attacks, to the liking of Russia and Syria, in particular, who wanted to address this point. Also to their liking, the Resolution first states the respect of territorial sovereignty, independence and unity of Syria.

Strongly condemns impeding humanitarian aid in any form as well as violations of human rights by Syrian officials as well as armed groups.

Endorses the Geneva communique political peace process and democratically elected future Syrian leadership where the people determine their own future.

Most importantly, the UNSC Resolution does what it should- addresses and gathers a unity of effort around the human crisis on the ground and calls for further actions.

In the event of non-compliance, the Resolution calls on the Secretary-General to take “further steps with this Resolution.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry was cautious in referring to the breakthrough as first steps but added they were “concrete steps.”

US Ambassador Samantha Power said “further steps” included in the Resolution were more direct and had more teeth than the previous vetoed measures submitted to the UNSC.



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