The resolution presented by Russia the UN Security Council voted on today did not fulfil the basic requirements requested by UNOCHA and NGOs on the ground in Syria. For this reason the co-penholders voted against the proposed text.
One thing remains clear: millions of people are counting on the Security Council to allow for as much humanitarian access as possible. This Council has a responsibility to the Syrian people and the humanitarian aid workers who support them.
As co-penholders we will keep on working to this end and call on all Security Council members to uphold their responsibility as members of this Body.