The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations held its weekly meeting which focused on two main issues: the renewal of the UN resolution on the delivery of cross-border humanitarian aid and the upcoming Brussels Conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the region.’
Members of the department stressed the importance of extending UN Security Council Resolution 2504 on the cross-border introduction of humanitarian aid. They also stressed the need to send the relief aid through the existing four border crossings and add a fifth one in the town of Tal Abyad in Raqqa province so as to ensure that aid reaches as many people in need as possible.
The importance of renewing the UN resolution stems from the urgent need to continue the introduction of humanitarian and medical assistance in view of the dire humanitarian and economic conditions as well as the coronavirus crisis, they added.
Members of the Department also expressed their hope that Russia would not block the renewal of the resolution, warning that the failure to renew the resolution would cause a major humanitarian disaster given the sheer number of the IDP in the liberated areas.
Tabled for discussion was the fourth Brussels conference due to be held at the end of June. Members of the Department underscored the importance of the conference with regards to supporting the resilience of the Syrian people as they praised the European Union’s refusal to engage in reconstruction until a genuine political solution is reached based on UN resolution 2254. They also commended the European Union’s decision to renew the sanctions imposed on the Assad regime.
They indicated that the EU and US sanctions do not affect access to humanitarian and medical assistance whatsoever. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)