U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke at the United Nations Security Council and called for the opening of the Turkey-Syria border gates that are currently closed.
Secretary Blinken, who has made critical statements by emphasizing the change in the US administration’s approach regarding Syria in the United Nations Security Council, stated that it is mandatory to find a way to help people and said, “This is our responsibility.”
Stating that the United Nations Security Council is working on many complex issues, Secretary Blinken pointed out that what is happening in Syria is not one of those “complex issues” and is based on fundamental humanitarian foundations.”
Secretary Blinken:”This is a Disaster!”
Blinken urged the authorities to reopen the Öncüpinar/Bab al-Salam border crossing between Turkey and Syria, which couldn’t be opened due to the vetoes of China and Russia in 2020 and the Al-Ya’rubiyah border crossing between Iraq and Syria, and said, “There is no good reason the crossing remains closed today. Members of this council have a job to do: Reauthorize all three border crossings for humanitarian assistance.”
Mark Lowcock, Secretary-General of United Nations Humanitarian Affairs, reminded that millions of Syrians need humanitarian aid and said, “It has been ten years of despair and disaster for Syrians.”.
Secretary Blinken held a meeting with UNGA President Bozkir
Secretary of State Blinken also had a meeting with Volkan Bozkır, the 75th President of the UN General Assembly. During the press briefing of the meeting, which was held virtually due to COVID-19, Bozkır emphasized the importance of the U.S. for the United Nations and expressed his contentment regarding the new US administration’s global policy changes and also the fact that they are working more closely with international organizations.
On the other hand, Secretary Blinken stated that the world’s ongoing problems would not be able to be solved by a single country, and the United Nations is one of the best institutions for cooperation and producing solutions.
Secretary Blinken’s Full Speech at UNSC: