Secretary-General Disappointed Security Council Unable to Reach Agreement on Extending Cross-Border Humanitarian-Relief Operations in Syria

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General is disappointed that the Security Council was not able to reach agreement today on extending the authorization of United Nations cross-border relief operations in Syria.

United Nations cross-border assistance remains a veritable lifeline for millions of people in north-west Syria as humanitarian needs have reached an all-time high since the start of the conflict, while the impact of the devastating February earthquakes is still acutely felt.

The Secretary-General calls on all Security Council members to redouble their efforts to support the continued delivery of cross-border assistance to millions of people in dire need in north-west Syria for the longest possible period.

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