Cross-border aid into Syria: Minister for Middle East's statement

The UN Security Council has agreed to extend a vital system for cross-border aid to war-ravaged Syria by 6 months, the length of time wanted by Russia. Western nations had demanded a year-long extension, but a vote by the 15 members on a 6 months extension was passed. 

In response to the development, the UK's Minister for Asia and the Middle East Amanda Milling issued the following statement:

"The United Nations Security Council has today adopted Resolution 2642, allowing the delivery of UN cross-border aid into Syria to be extended for just 6 months. Russia has again placed political support for the Assad regime above lifesaving aid for the Syrian people, using its veto to force a reduction in the mandate from 12 months to 6."

"The UK will continue to stand with the Syrian people and support international efforts to avoid a further humanitarian crisis, including by pressing for renewal of the UN’s mandate to deliver this aid in January. We will also push even harder for a credible political settlement, which is the only way to bring an end to this dreadful war."