© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: New U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield holds a information convention to mark the beginning of the U.S. presidency of the U.N. Safety Council for March, at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Seg
By Michelle Nichols
NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, will go to the Turkish border with Syria this week forward of a possible showdown with Russia within the U.N. Safety Council over the extension of a cross-border humanitarian assist operation.
Thomas-Greenfield will go to Turkey from Wednesday to Friday, assembly with senior Turkish officers, U.N. companies, assist teams and Syrian refugees, senior officers with the U.S. mission to the United Nations stated on Tuesday.
Thomas-Greenfield will “convey america’ sturdy help for humanitarian entry into Syria and the U.S. dedication to the individuals of Syria,” stated one U.S. official.
“Nothing may very well be extra pressing than persevering with to offer life-saving assist by the cross-border mechanism … This has grown much more important and extra dire,” the U.S. official stated.
The 15-member Safety Council first approved a cross-border assist operation into Syria in 2014 at 4 factors. Final yr, it diminished that entry to at least one crossing level from Turkey as a consequence of opposition from Russia and China over renewing all 4.
One other showdown is probably going over the renewal of the mandate for the operation, which expires on July 10. A decision to increase council approval wants 9 votes in favor and no veto from any of the 5 everlasting members Russia, China, america, France and Britain.
A number of council members, together with america, are pushing to increase the cross-border operation.
“Nothing else can ship the quantity of assist within the frequency wanted to help susceptible populations in northern Syria,” stated the U.S. official.
U.N. assist chief Mark Lowcock appealed to the Safety Council final week to not minimize a cross-border assist “lifeline” to some 3 million Syrians within the nation’s north as Russia questioned the significance of the operation.
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