United Nations Security Council to gather at request of Sweden and Kuwait to discuss implementation of resolution on the humanitarian situation in Syria

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström

I welcome the UN Secretary-General's positive response to the request by Sweden and Kuwait to update the UN Security Council on 12 March on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2401. In the resolution, a unanimous Security Council demands a cessation of hostilities throughout Syria to allow emergency relief to reach those in need and enable medical evacuations to be conducted. The meeting on Monday will take place two weeks after the adoption of the resolution, and I expect the UN to update the Council on the resolution's implementation and present proposals for any measures that need to be taken.

The parties, and those with influence over the parties, must do considerably more for the resolution's implementation. Sweden will continue to conduct intensive diplomatic efforts in New York and in capital cities throughout the world to contribute to this goal. We will leave no stone unturned.

I welcome the efforts of the UN and its partner organisations to ensure that humanitarian aid reaches those in need. The fact that medical equipment was removed from convoys this week by the Syrian authorities is not only deeply outrageous, it also contravenes international law.