United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with Mark Cutts, Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syrian Crisis and staff from humanitarian aid agencies, at the WFP distribution center in Reyhanlı district of Hatay, where she came as part of her visit to Turkey, and obtained information about the work. . According to DHA information, Cutts, who briefed Greenfield on humanitarian aid work in the region, said refugees on the Syrian border with Turkey and Iraq have been living in tents for years and cannot meet many humanitarian needs.
PRAISE TO TURKEY
Noting that nearly 200 non-governmental organizations have participated in humanitarian aid activities under the coordination of the UN, Cutts said: “15,000 Syrians are participating in humanitarian aid efforts and helping their own communities.” Stressing that aid provided to Syria is still not at the desired level, Cutts also spoke of the impact of restrictive measures introduced due to the coronavirus outbreak on humanitarian aid efforts. “While restrictions have been imposed due to the outbreak, Turkish authorities have not stopped humanitarian aid even for a day,” Cutts said, adding that “although no one took any risks during restriction periods, the Turkish authorities have not allowed aid to be cut. “
EK YARDIM FİNANSMANI
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Speaking to the press after his contacts at the distribution center, Greenfield said: “I am happy to report that the United States will provide additional funding of $ 200 million to the Syrians.” Linda Thomas-Greenfield pointed out that 4 out of 5 people living in northern Syria are in need of humanitarian aid and said: “This aid is vital for millions of civilians in Idlib. In recent years, the UN Security Council has unfortunately authorized the closing of Syria’s entry doors. Cilvegözü is one of the border gates that remain open. “We want the UN to bring humanitarian aid, the COVID-19 vaccine, medical aid here, and end the suffering here,” he said. Greenfield said: “But if we don’t do our job in the UN Security Council on opening the borders, they can’t do their job here either. Currently, this gate (Cilvegözü) is the best option for the international community. If it is closed, it will cause a lot of cruelty, “he said. Greenfield thanked the Turkish government for welcoming Syrian refugees and said:” I thank you not only for welcoming refugees, but also for supporting the operation of this distribution center here.
COOPERATION WITH RUSSIA
The US ambassador said they had held talks with the UN Security Council, Russia and Turkey on opening the border gates for humanitarian aid, and said: “The secretary of US State Tony Blinken said we will continue to work for continued aid efforts. “Stating that necessary efforts should be made to keep border crossings functioning smoothly, Greenfield said:” People are still at war and the parties to the war can make border crossings difficult. To put it briefly, we are ready to talk to Russia about this and the delivery of humanitarian aid, ”he said. (İzzet NAZLI-Ferhat DERVISOĞLU – HATAY / DHA)
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MANBIC MESSAGE FROM US AND EU
The US and the EU have made statements regarding the violence in the city of Manbij, which is controlled by the YPG, the branch of the terrorist organization PKK, in northern Syria. According to Anadolu news agency, a senior US State Department official said he was concerned about the violence, including the shooting by the YPG / PKK terrorist organization on those who demonstrated against them in Manbij, killing at least 8 people and injuring dozens, and called for human rights to be respected. Peter Stano, spokesperson for the European Union (EU) Commission, also said they were “concerned about the dangerous environment in northeastern Syria”. Hundreds of civilians in Manbij, whose population is 99% Arab, protested earlier this week against the YPG / PKK’s practice of recruiting girls and boys under the name of “conscription”.
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MOSCOW POINTE DAMASCUS
Three years after the outbreak of the civil war in Syria, the border gates, which were opened in 2014 with a UN resolution to deliver humanitarian aid to areas of northern Syria via Turkey, face opposition growing of the Kremlin. The Cilvegözü and Öncüpınar border posts were used to deliver humanitarian aid between Turkey and Syria, especially in the Idlib region. However, on July 11, 2020, when the one-year extension of the two border crossing points entered the agenda of the UN Security Council session, Russia and China vetoed the proposal of Western countries and demanded the closure of Öncüpınar. As a concession between Western countries and Russia, the decision to keep open only the Cilvegözü border gate was accepted. Moscow, on the other hand, has championed the idea that aid should be provided to the public by the regime. (Nerdun HACIOGLU)