Germany: UNSC compromise on Syria aid reached after days of negotiations and failed votes — govt spox

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Rainer Breul said it was not an easy task for Germany and Belgium, co-sponsors of the UN resolution on cross-border aid for Syria, to reach a compromise between all members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). He was speaking among other officials at a news conference in Berlin on Monday. «We had to find a compromise, a compromise that isn't the result we wished, but a compromise that allows a continuance [of UN deliveries] via this one border crossing, where most of the UN deliveries are being handled,» the official explained. On Saturday, the UN Security Council agreed on deliveries of cross-border humanitarian aid from Turkey into northwest Syria for one year from a fourth attempt. «The alternative to this achieved compromise would have been no resolution at all and therefore not having any border crossing access point into Syria,» said Steffen Seibert, the German government spokesperson. He also accused Russia and China, who vetoed the German-Belgian draft, of trying to «limit the possibilities for aid» and to stage their «power-political interest at the costs of the affected population.» Russian Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy tweeted that Russia «categorically rejects claims that Russia wants to stop humanitarian deliveries to the Syrian population in need.» The UN resolution which allowed the distribution of the aid to displaced Syrians without permission from Damascus expired last week.
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