Aid access more difficult since Syrian presidential election

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Getting emergency humanitarian aid into Syria has become more difficult since Bashar al-Assad was re-elected as Syrian president earlier this month, according to the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos.

"What is reported to me in terms of our ability to have greater access and movement is that in the last couple of weeks that has actually become more difficult, not easier, because of some of the administrative arrangements which are currently being put in place. For example, we had quite a lot of flexibility in terms of talking directly to some of the governors in the places that we needed to get access into and, to a certain extent, those negotiations were decentralized. And what we're now being told is everything has to be centralized through Damascus."

Access for aid agencies has been more restricted over the past few months with Ms Amos saying that in March food was supplied to a record 4.1 million people, a figure which fell to 3.2 million in May.

Nicki Chadwick, United Nations, Geneva.

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