"Onus rests on Security Council" to take action in Syria: Amos

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Valerie Amos addresses the press at the stakeout following
Security Council Consultations: UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The Security Council has the duty to not only recognize the reality on the ground in Syria but to act, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the press following a Security Council meeting on Wednesday.

Ms Valerie Amos deplored that public pressure and private diplomacy has yielded little progress while violence has intensified in the country over the past month.

It's been two months since a UN resolution was adopted with the aim of getting aid to the besieged areas and expanding humanitarian operations, she said.

"In the absence of progress on the political front, we need to look at a range of ways of really getting a step change in humanitarian assistance on the ground. We need to do more cross line. We had a team in Aleppo for over a week trying to negotiate getting aid into Aleppo. We did not succeed. I myself spoke on more than one occasion to a number of Member States with influence over the parties. We were not able to make progress." (36″)

Ms Amos recalled the "heart rendering" pictures of children being pulled from the rubble following Tuesday's shelling of a technical institute in a suburb of Damascus.

It's the latest in a wave of indiscriminate attacks carried out against schools and other civilian targets across Syria as reported by the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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