The catastrophic earthquake forces all sides to rethink

The UN Security Council addressed the situation in Syria on Monday afternoon (NY local time) [13 February]. A “private meeting” and “non-public consultations” focused on how to get more aid to earthquake-affected areas in northern Syria and Syria’s coastal region as quickly as possible. In a preliminary report by the panel, in addition to a chronology of events since 6 February 2023, various positions were outlined that called for the Syrian government to open more border crossings from Turkey into north-western Syria.

In fact, the border between Syria and Turkey is not controlled by Syria except for one border crossing near Kassab in the west. All border crossings are controlled by Turkey and armed fighters allied with Turkey.

Published in Schweizer Standpunkt 21 February 2023: