Jaafari Says Syrian Government Fulfilled Obligations in Providing Aid

Jaafari clarified that the Turkish government prevents OCHA workers from using the Nusaybin border crossing for allowing aid to enter the country

Members of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday adopted Resolution No. 2191 with a focus on Articles no. 2 and 3 on the issue of entering and providing humanitarian aid to Syrians.


The operations inside the country will take place in the framework of the Response Plan and in coordination with the Syrian government and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), or through the so-called Troika of Security Council ambassadors in operations through borders.


Syria’s permanent envoy to the U.N., Bashar al-Jaafari said in a statement that "the Syrian government has been a partner that fulfilled its obligations completely and continuously in the operations aiming at delivering humanitarian aid to all Syrian areas, and that is why it signed six response plans with OCHA, while the seventh is to be signed soon."


He pointed out that ambassadors of Jordan, Luxemburg, Australia at the Security Council, who proposed the initiative of adopting the Resolution, do not follow up the situation in Syria and do not read reports by senior United Nations officials in Damascus, which are completely different from what the Troika ambassadors said.


Jaafari clarified that the Turkish government prevents OCHA workers from using the Nusaybin border crossing for allowing aid to enter the country, as the terrorist organization of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) also prevents the entrance of aid through borders with Iraq, adding that these points were not referred to.


Jaafari said there is a “gentlemen's agreement" between the Syrian government and members of U.N. Security Council and the U.N. Secretary-General and this agreement is part and parcel of Resolution No. 2165, adding that the agreement recommends that OCHA ought to notify the Syrian government 48 hours before sending aid through borders.


"OCHA is also supposed to notify the Syrian government of the content and destination of the aid," he said.


He expressed Syria’s hope that those who submitted the Resolution 2191 discussed with the Syrian government the reasons leading to the inefficiency of the U.N. procedures to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria, particularly those which were included in the U.N. Resolution No.2165.


He criticized the irresponsible and criminal acts perpetrated by some member states, mainly the EU's recent decision to stop the fuel supply to Syrian civil plans describing it as “a violation of the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Canada".


Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer


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