Humanitarian situation in Syria has become threat to international peace and security, says U.S. Representative to U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield

NEW YORK — During a U.N. Security Council briefing last week, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield called on the Council to find solutions to the conflict in Syria, stating that the humanitarian situation there has become a threat to international peace and security.

She also stressed the need to alleviate this ongoing human suffering and do more to provide for the needs of the Syrian people,  touching on three aspects of the humanitarian situation in Syria: cold winter, expanding means of delivering aid and vaccines to Syrians, and protecting refugees.

Thomas-Greenfield pointed out that the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the suffering of the Syrians, in addition to a cold winter, economic crisis, and increased violence.

“Food needs are at their highest levels since the crisis began,” she elaborated. “And millions of people cannot reliably access sufficient and safe water.

Greenfield called for increasing financial support for the nearly 4 million Syrians in the northwest of the country, warning of the dangers of forcing refugees to return which could put them at risk of torture, arrest, and death.

She stressed the need for safe, voluntary, and dignified return.