BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 P.M.) – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) convened in New York on Thursday to debate the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe in Eastern Ghouta.
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock addressed the council with his findings, calling on his listeners to adhere to their legal responsibilities: “you’re all as member states aware that your obligations under international humanitarian law are just that. They are binding obligations. They are not favours to be traded in a game of death and destruction.”
US Representative on the Economic and Social Council at the UN Kelley E. Currie spoke on behalf of the US. Following sharp criticism of the Syrian and Russian governments, she claimed that “The Assad regime wants to bomb or starve all of their opponents into submission…the regime wants to keep bombing and gassing these 400 000 people, and the Assad regime is counting on Russia to make sure this Security Council is unable to stop their suffering.”
Currie applauded the efforts by Kuwait and Sweden and other security council members for their proposal for a 30-day ceasefire “to allow for deliveries of food and medicine to arrive” and urged the council to approve it.