Justin Thornton, Student at Florida State University
A potential problem with UN aid and Syria is if the Syrian government intends to distribute aid only to the territory it controls and prevent its use as relief for those areas under siege from the government, even if those areas are starving. If the Syrian government intends to withhold aid in this way as a war strategy, should the UN eventually disregard Syria's objections and deliver aid anyway? Is this even logistically possible?
Unfortunately it's undoable. The UN does not have a military arm and cannot physically force any Government military to open roads or allow access. There is always a need for Government approval to deliver UN aid to any place. The UN continues to condemn use of siege tactics and starvation in this war, Security Council Resolutions have repeatedly demanded free and open humanitarian access. But it is always up to member States to take measures regarding each other, not the UN staff or agencies. Continue reading...