Russia, China block latest UN Security Council attempt to extend Syria cross-border aid program
Added 07-11-20 05:29:01pm EST - “The U.N. Security Council failed again on Friday to extend a cross-border humanitarian aid program in Syria, after Russia and China vetoed a resolution backed by other members to extend the program -- while failing to drum up enough…” - Foxnews.com
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The U.N. Security Council failed again Friday to extend a cross-border humanitarian aid program in Syria, after Russia and China vetoed a resolution backed by other members to extend the program -- while failing to drum up enough support for their own resolution to restrict it.
The cross-border aid program allows aid to be funneled into Syria by keeping open crossings on the borders in the north of the war-torn country. The years-long program was partially extended in January when Russia vetoed a resolution that would see four crossings open, and instead forced the council to pass Resolution 2504, which reduced the border crossings to two and cut the mandate to six months. That mandate expired Friday.
On Friday, Russia and China used their vetoes for the second time in a week to block a U.N. resolution that passed and would have kept open two border crossings in the country’s rebel-held northwest, days after vetoing a similar resolution that had also sought to keep them open, and had initially called for a crossing on the northeast border with Iraq to be re-opened.
According to The Associated Press, the Friday resolution would have extended the Bab al-Hawa crossing for a year, and the Bab al-Salam crossing for just three months. It is the Bab al-Salam crossing that Russia wants to shut down entirely.
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