Resolution to Facilitate Access to Humanitarian Agencies - 22 December 2015 [fr]
Security Council - Explanation of vote - Humanitarian situation in Syria - Statement by François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 22 December 2015
I thank the three authors of the important resolution 2258 (2015): Jordan, New Zealand and Spain.
The resolution represents a genuine step forward, as it seeks to facilitate access for humanitarian agencies across borders and front lines within Syria so as to deliver humanitarian assistance to the Syrian population. The United Nations Verification and Inspection Mission, provided for under resolution 2165 (2014), allows United Nations humanitarian convoys to cross borders and front lines so as to continue to delivery assistance to millions of Syrians in need. There are growing numbers of Syrian isolated in hard-to-reach areas. The mechanism is therefore more critical than ever, and it was crucial to extend and strengthen it.
Having said that, I recalled in our consultations yesterday that humanitarian access is not enough. Ongoing violations of international humanitarian law, in particular indiscriminate attacks on civilians — including with barrel bombs — and the use of hunger as a weapon of war against civilians, are unacceptable and should be condemned as forcefully as possible. The Council should remain more active than ever on this topic.