UN humanitarian chief "disappointed" by Geneva talks on Syria

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Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The conclusion of the Geneva talks on Syria without agreement on humanitarian access has "deeply frustrated and disappointed" the head of UN humanitarian operations.

Representatives of the Syrian government and opposition groups have been meeting in the Swiss city to try to resolve the ongoing conflict that has killed about 100,000 people and left millions of others under siege conditions.

In a statement issued on Friday, Valerie Amos, called for action to allow convoys carrying relief supplies to proceed.

UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq has more.

 "The Emergency Relief Coordinator said that she was deeply frustrated and disappointed that the Geneva II talks concluded today without agreement on humanitarian pauses to bring relief to hundreds of thousands of people blockaded in towns and cities in Syria. She said that more than three million people in Syria are trapped in areas where heavy fighting continues or that are besieged by Government or Opposition forces. The situation is totally unacceptable. She said that the international community has clearly called for immediate action to facilitate safe and unhindered delivery of assistance across the country." (27)

Valerie Amos called for the opening of border crossings and roads to allow the regular flow of vital aid supplies.

She warned that those who fail to protect civilians or facilitate assistance are violating international humanitarian law.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration:  1’30″

 

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