Emergency Coordinator welcomes Security Council's statement on Syria's humanitarian situation

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Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs

UN Emergency Coordinator Valerie Amos has welcomed the Security Council's statement on the humanitarian situation in Syria.

The statement calls on all parties to end the violence and stop targeting civilians.

She says the task now is to turn these strong words into meaningful action for the children, women and men who are the victims of the continued brutality and violence.

Ms. Amos says people must be able to seek safety from the violence and know that their homes, hospitals and schools are safe.

She noted that humanitarian workers need full and sustained access to reach every person in need, wherever they are in Syria, and they must be protected to do their work safely.

According to Ms. Amos, if the commitments and practical steps in the Security Council's statement are implemented, humanitarian workers will be able reach over two million people who have been unreachable for many months.

She explains that humanitarian operations will be faster and more effective, delivering more supplies – like lifesaving medicines, food for children, and chlorination tablets to provide clean water – to more people in need.

She warns that winter is coming and sustained access will help us improve shelters, and provide enough bedding and clothes.

According to Ms. Amos, Ultimately the international community must find a lasting political solution to end the suffering of ordinary Syrians.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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