Statement by Ambassador Christoph Heusgen following the Security Council VTC Meeting on the humanitarian situation in Syria, July 10, 2020

10.07.2020 - Speech

Check Against Delivery

Thirteen members of the Security Council voted several times this week for resolutions put forward by Germany and Belgium as co-penholders. Proposals which were based on objective humanitarian criteria, specifically demanded by the United Nations and humanitarian organizations on the ground. We deeply regret that due to the veto of two permanent members neither of these resolutions was adopted.

Today’s proposal made by the Russian Federation was untenable, as it included unacceptable language on sanctions and it does not refer to core humanitarian principles. Germany reiterates that EU sanctions are not targeted at the Syrian people. They are exclusively targeted at the representatives of the authorities in Damascus.

To leave this week-end without a solution would send a signal of disappointment and despair to the people in the region. The Security Council must act now. Let this vote be a last-minute wake-up call for all Security Council members to fulfill their responsibility.

We are ready to work round the clock, and call on others to think of the millions of people in Syria waiting for the Security Council to decide their fate.


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