During the UN Security Council session on Syria held on Wednesday, German Ambassador Christoph Hosgen said, “It is extremely ironic to regret the inability of humanitarian goods to reach Syria, while we witnessed in the same place in July how Russia and China prevented humanitarian aid from Access to this country”.
In early July, Moscow and Beijing had used their veto power to prevent the issuance of a German-Belgian draft resolution that would extend the mechanism for the delivery of aid across the border to Syria for one year through two border crossings with Turkey that are not controlled by Bashar al Assad.
“Instead of complaining about the sanctions every time, Russia and China should reverse their decision and allow more crossing points to open so that people can actually get the food and medicine they need,” the German ambassador added at the videoconference.
“At the end of the two years we spent in the Security Council, we have to be honest: this council failed the Syrian people.
Russia not only supported Assad, but also contributed by itself to the suffering and death of people”.
Germany’s membership in the UN Security Council expires on December 31, after it occupied a non-permanent seat in this UN body for two years, and this was the last scheduled session of the Security Council on Syria this year, and thus the last in which Germany will be able to make its statement regarding this issue.
In response to the intervention of the German ambassador, Russian Deputy Ambassador Dmitry Poliansky said that if the Security Council had really let Syria down, the reason for that was the “hypocritical behavior” of Germany and all Westerners.
Addressing the German ambassador, he added, “You made this meeting a wonderful farewell…, but frankly, we will not miss you”.
“Thanks to you, many of the UN members who previously argued that Germany should be a permanent member of the Security Council are now asking themselves whether this amount of irony should be allowed in this room”.
In turn, Chinese representative Yao Shaojun mocked the “lecture” given by the German ambassador, stressing that the sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union on the Syrian regime prevented the implementation of humanitarian projects in Syria because they prevented the transfer of funds needed to implement these projects.
“If Germany wants to join the Security Council, the road ahead will be difficult,” the Chinese diplomat said.
Germany’s performance in the Security Council was not in line with the expectations of the world or the expectations of the Council.
The Security Council consists of five permanent members with veto power (Russia, China, the United States, Britain and France) and ten non-permanent members, who are elected for a two-year term.
Berlin demands that it have the status of permanent membership in the UN Council, and in this context, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is discussing today in Berlin with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres – among the topics on the agenda – Berlin’s desire to have a permanent seat in the Security Council.