France welcomes the adoption on December 19 of UNSCR 2393, renewing for one year the mechanism for the delivery of cross-line and cross-border humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, established in 2014 through resolution 2165.
The adoption of this text responds to the need to provide 13 million Syrians with humanitarian assistance; many of them depend on the delivery of cross-line and cross-border assistance. It will therefore allow the UN and its partners to continue their mission in spite of the numerous difficulties.
Humanitarian needs remain high, especially in Eastern Ghouta where 400,000 people under siege are waiting for humanitarian assistance to reach them. The allies of Bashar al-Assad’s regime must urgently take measures to ensure that the regime puts an end to the bombing and to allow the full, safe and unrestricted delivery of this assistance to the people who need it.
The only way to resolve the humanitarian crisis is through a political solution. There is no other alternative. The inter-Syrian negotiations under UN auspices in Geneva provide the legitimate framework for achieving this goal.