The EU calls for the swift implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2139 on the humanitarian situation in Syria, and in particular on all parties to the conflict to ensure safe, unhindered and immediate access to all people in need, including across conflict lines and borders. The EU will continue to advocate through all possible channels:
For the prompt lifting of sieges throughout Syria and the implementation of "humanitarian pauses" by all sides;
For the safe and full access of health teams participating in the polio immunization campaign in the country, to ensure a timely and successful vaccination response, countrywide;
To allow humanitarian aid to reach all people in need, including the provision of food and health care. Deliberate starvation of population is a war crime;
For the respect of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the protection of civilians, especially children and women, and including humanitarian workers;
For countries neighbouring Syria to keep borders open, in line with international humanitarian law principles for the passage of all civilians without distinction, at the same time as acknowledging the generosity of neighbouring countries in hosting Syrian refugees up until now.