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The UN Security Council is considering opening a second border corridor to deliver aid to Syria


The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution to open a second corridor to provide cross-border aid to Syria, and the Associated Press reported that the draft resolution circulated to the council on Friday by Norway and Ireland provides for the extension of the Bab al-Hawa corridor at the borders of Turkey and Syria (which is the only humanitarian corridor Currently operating under the UN aid mechanism) and reopening the Al-Arabiya corridor between Iraq and Syria that was closed in January 2020.


The draft resolution, according to "Russia Today Network", also provides for the resumption of the mandate for a year on this issue, instead of the six-month mandate, which Russia insisted on, and the draft resolution states that "the devastating humanitarian situation that fled Syria continues to pose a threat to the peace and security of the region." ".


It is expected that experts in the Security Council will discuss the new draft resolution early next week. For her part, the United States representative to the Security Council, Linda Thomas Greenfield, expressed Washington’s dissatisfaction with the new proposal, insisting on the need to reopen a third crossing as well, which is Bab al-Salam crossing At the Turkey border, which stopped working in July 2020.


The Associated Press quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in an oral message to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, last Tuesday, accusing the "Hayat Tahrir al-Sham" organization, whose backbone is the former "Al-Nusra Front", of preventing humanitarian convoys from crossing the border. To Syria, with Ankara overlooking this matter.


Lavrov also held Western donors responsible for blackmailing by threatening to cut humanitarian funding to Syria in the event that the Bab al-Hawa corridor's mandate is not extended, stressing the need to address such behavior.


Last Wednesday, Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, reiterated Moscow's position that conditions in Syria have changed, which allows abandoning the method of providing aid across the border and criticizing its distribution across the fighting lines inside the country.


Nebenzia pointed out that the West has not made any effort in this matter, saying that it is not possible to talk about extending the mandate of the Bab al-Hawa crossing, unless the West confirms in words and deeds its commitment to achieving this goal.

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