UN “ready to move” on Aleppo

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UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. File Photo: UN Photo/Violaine Martin

Time is of the essence in delivering humanitarian aid to the Syrian city of Aleppo, UN Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Saturday.

The UN has been appealing for a 48-hour humanitarian pause to allow supplies to be delivered to the city.

The envoy has issued a statement calling on all sides to exert every effort so that by Sunday, "we know where we stand."

Dianne Penn reports.

Mr de Mistura said the UN is "ready to move" in Aleppo.

Aid has been pre-positioned to supply 80,000 people in the east and west parts of the city.

The organization would also work to repair the city's electrical system which serves nearly two million residents.

Mr de Mistura said that Russia has confirmed its compliance with the UN plan and has been engaging the Syrian government on the issue.

The UN Envoy was aware of concerns expressed by the Syrian opposition.

He regretted that there had been negative reaction regarding the use of Castello Road for aid delivery, but he underlined that the route would have to be used for operational and logistical reasons.

Mr de Mistura noted that efforts are continuing to ensure all stakeholders are ready to commit to enable the UN humanitarian plan to be carried out.

He called for all concerned to "exert every effort so that, by this Sunday, 28 August 2016, we know where we stand."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

 

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