Syria remains a humanitarian disaster. It is causing futility at the United Nations. Members of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday said they fear that no progress will be made on getting humanitarian aid for millions into Syria as long as Russia opposes any actions against the government there.
The council, in a rare agreement on a Syria issue, approved a resolution in February asking all sides in the conflict to remove obstacles to aid delivery, but U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told them Wednesday it’s “not working” and the situation is getting worse.
The resolution threatened “further steps” in that case. A U.N. spokesman on Tuesday said getting aid across borders into Syria would require a council resolution under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, authorizing action without a government’s consent. CCTV’s Nick Harper reports from UN Headquarters.