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Syria/humanitarian situation: The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2139

Published Saturday February 22 2014

The Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2139 (2014), which sets out a series of practical and specific measures needed to ensure aid reaches all those in need – wherever they are in Syria, without delay or distinction.

Through this resolution, co-authored by Australia, Jordan and Luxembourg, the Council demands “that all parties, in particular the Syrian authorities, promptly allow rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access for UN humanitarian agencies and their implementing partners, including across conflict lines and across borders”. It sends a clear and unified message to all parties to lift the sieges of cities where civilians are trapped, to cease all violence, including all indiscriminate bombardments in populated areas and the use of barrel bombs. 

The implementation of the resolution and the practical demands it sets out, including the full implementation of the provisions of the Presidential Statement of 2 October (S/PRST/2013/15), will be closely monitored by the Council. The Council therefore requests the Secretary-General “to report to the Council on the implementation of this resolution by all parties in Syria, in particular paragraphs 2 through 12, in 30 days of its adoption and every 30 days thereafter”. In the case of non-compliance with the resolution, “the Council expresses its intent to take further steps to support the vital humanitarian action in Syria”. 

Explanation of vote of Luxembourg, as read by Ambassador Sylvie Lucas.