Today the President of the Syrian National Coalition, Hadi al Bahra, met UK International Development Secretary, Justine Greening, to agree on ways to alleviate the worsening humanitarian crisis in Syria brought about by the brutal repression of the Assad regime.
President al Bahra thanked Development Secretary Greening for the UK’s leading role in galvanizing the international community’s humanitarian response, including the over $1 billion of aid provided by the UK to alleviate humanitarian suffering of Syrians inside the country and those who have fled. The President and the Development Secretary agreed that more needs to be done to deliver United Nations aid across Syria’s borders. UN Security Council resolution 2165, which authorized cross-border aid, is not being implemented with the intended scope, and the Assad regime continues to restrict access to urgently-needed food and medicine, thereby turning aid into a weapon of war.
President al Bahra and the Development Secretary agreed to intensify collective international efforts to ensure that the UN and its agencies make full use of the comprehensive authorities for cross-border aid delivery granted by resolution 2165. In parallel, they agreed to look at further developing the flow of aid through the existing non-UN channels.