Didier Reynders pleased with humanitarian resolution from UN Security Council

date: 15 July 2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that the UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a Resolution on 14 July regarding the humanitarian situation in Syria. The minister has emphasised that additional humanitarian aid must be provided to the Syrian population. The possibility of providing aid across land borders and conflict lines is also essential in this context. It is important that the UN can set up a monitoring system to regulate these procedures. Didier Reynders hopes that the facilities that the UN is to provide at four border crossings with Turkey, Iraq and Jordan will enable further humanitarian aid to be provided.

The minister is calling on all of the parties involved in the conflict to implement the resolution rapidly. Belgium will continue its diplomatic efforts to ensure that schools and hospitals are free of weapons, as set forth in the resolution. The Syrian population can thus obtain medical care and education.

Didier Reynders is also pleased with the appointment of Staffan de Mistura as the new special envoy for the UN for Syria. de Mistura succeeds Lakdhar Brahimi. The minister believes that de Mistura’s experience and expertise will put the political process back on track. Just like the High Representative Catherine Asthon, minister Reynders believes that a resolution for the conflict in Syria can only be achieved via a political process that is supported by the Syrians and which is based on the Geneva Communiqué of June 2012. The new special envoy can count on the support of Belgium in his role.