17 December 2014
The Syrian National Coalition welcomes today’s unanimous adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2191. Properly implemented and enforced, UNSC resolution 2191 will save lives by easing the suffering of millions of Syrians trapped behind borders and sieges, as well as laying the groundwork for a national political transition in Syria. Today’s adoption sends a strong signal to the Syrian regime that its systematic starvation of the Syrian people violates international law and will not be tolerated by the international community.
“With the adoption of today’s resolution, the UN Security Council has once again empowered UN agencies with the authority to provide cross-border assistance—irrespective of Syrian regime consent”, stated Dr. Najib Ghadbian, Special Representative of the Syrian National Coalition to the United Nations. “That authority already existed under the mandate of the previous resolution, 2165. But the resolution was not properly implemented and the powerful authority it granted was not used to its full extent. As a consequence, millions of Syrians did not receive the aid that should have reached them. This must change with the new resolution - it must be fully implemented immediately.”
Tragically, even the full implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2191 will not bring an end to the conflict in Syria. It will not stop the Syrian regime’s relentless aerial assaults on opposition-held territories. Nor will it ensure consistent delivery of aid at scale across the borders. To provide long-term humanitarian relief, the Syrian Coalition has therefore called on the UN Security Council to impose a safe zone (http://www.etilaf.us/december_compliance).
“A safe zone would save millions of lives. It would ensure relief from regime aerial strikes and attacks from terrorist extremist groups. It would also provide the long-term foundation needed to sustain humanitarian aid delivery across the adjacent border into the safe zone,” stated Dr. Ghadbian.
The Syrian National Coalition and its partners on the ground including the Free Syrian Army, the Interim Government and the Assistance Coordination Unit are committed to assisting in the full implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2191 and will continue to ensure the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance through UN and, where necessary, non-UN channels.