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Tomorrow.. The Security Council will hold a closed consultation session on the political situation in Syria

The Security Council will meet tomorrow, Monday, July 19, to hold closed consultations on the political situation in Syria, and it is scheduled to be joined by video link, the Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen.

According to the Council’s reports, the consultations tomorrow, Monday, will be the Council’s first session on the political situation in Syria since the Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2585, July 9, which renewed the mandate of the mechanism for the delivery of cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria, and Resolution 2585 authorizes United Nations agencies and partners in the humanitarian field. Continuing to use the Bab al-Hawa crossing on the Syrian border for a period of six months, until 10 (January) 2022, with an additional six months extension until 10 (July) 2022", until the issuance of the objective report of the Secretary-General, with a special focus on transparency in operations, and progress made in reaching across the lines in meeting humanitarian needs.”

The adoption of Resolution 2585 was the Council's first unanimous renewal of the cross-border mechanism since December 2016, and was widely hailed as an important moment. Most Council members hailed the cooperation and consensus-building that enabled the unanimous approval of Resolution 2585. The Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations stated, Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia, “We are witnessing a historic moment. We hope that from today this will be a turning point.”