Swiss Security Council motion passed


A Swiss resolution has been unanimously passed by the Security Council.

Switzerland has taken its seat on the international body for the first time.

Together with Brazil, Switzerland put forward a motion to extend cross border humanitarian aid in Syria until July.

It means the UN will continue to supply aid through a key Turkey/Syria border.

Many were surprised that Syria’s ally, Russia, also backed the plan. 

The Security Council’s decision is needed as Syria is against aid coming through a border and says it should be supplying aid. 

UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, says the aid is an indispensable lifeline for 4 million people.  

The decision by Switzerland to take a seat on the council has been criticised by traditionalists who say it threatens neutrality. 

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