UN Security Council extends Syria cross-border aid

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(VOVWORLD) - The UN Security Council has agreed to extend a cross-border aid operation into Syria from Turkey that ensures UN aid access to millions of Syrians for 12 months.

UN Security Council extends Syria cross-border aid - ảnh 1Syrian people were evacuated from the military area in Hasakah province on June 2, 2021 (Photo: AFP/ VNA) 

The council on Friday reached the agreement to extend activity at the only border crossing through which humanitarian aid reaches the rebel-held region of northwest Syria after Russia agreed to a compromise in last-minute talks with the United States.

The council mandate for the long-running aid operation was due to expire on Saturday. After not engaging in weeks of discussion on a resolution drafted by Ireland and Norway, Russia on Thursday proposed a 6-month renewal.

Following the US-Russia talks on Friday morning, the 15-member Security Council approved an extension of the resolution for 12 months instead of 6 months.