UN relief chief 'deeply disappointed' by inability to visit Syria

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Valerie Amos

The head of United Nations relief operations is still unable to get into Syria to assess the situation there and says she's "deeply disappointed" about that.

Valerie Amos, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs issued a statement saying she had made repeated requests to meet Syrian officials.

Ms. Amos had planned to discuss the humanitarian situation and the need for unhindered access to the people affected by the violence.

Charles Appel reports.

In her statement released Wednesday, the head of UN relief operations said given the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation and with an increasing need for medical assistance, food and basic supplies….improving access so that assistance can reach those in urgent need, is a matter of the highest priority. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos also said she supports the International Committee of the Red Cross's call for a daily pause in hostilities so that humanitarian organizations can evacuate the wounded and deliver essential supplies of food and medicine.

Ms. Amos says the UN and its partners stand ready to help humanitarian aid reach people in desperate need in Syria.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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