Didier Reynders is pleased with the Security Council statement on the humanitarian situation in Syria

date: 03 October 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that the Security Council yesterday approved a presidential statement on the humanitarian situation in Syria.

Luxembourg and Australia took the initiative for this statement, which shows that the international community wishes to improve the quality of the humanitarian aid provided in Syria. The statement stresses the need for all parties to comply with international humanitarian law as well as to protect aid workers and medical personnel and their facilities and means of transport. The statement furthermore calls for a stop to the militarisation of, and attacks against, medical and central water distribution installations and schools.

During discussions held on the occasion of the UN ministerial week in New York, Didier Reynders requested that within the framework of dispatching chemical weapons experts to Syria, humanitarian access also be improved, in particular with regard to health care. Following the approval of Security Council Resolution 2118 and the decision of the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to destroy the chemical weapons arsenal of the Syrian regime, Minister Reynders also hopes to see an improvement in the humanitarian situation.

At the initiative of Didier Reynders, on 21 September 2013, 28 ministers from all continents issued a call through all international media. They asked all parties to the conflict to immediately allow humanitarian organisations unfettered access to all Syrian territory and to facilitate these organisations’ work. A call was also made to comply with international humanitarian law, and Minister Reynders will continue his work to ensure that this happens in the field.