UN "will do everything possible" to resume Intra-Syrian peace talks

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Al-Riad shelter, Aleppo, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero

The UN said on Thursday that it would "do everything possible" to try and resume Intra-Syrian talks towards the end of August in order to establish a lasting ceasefire.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo remain cut off from humanitarian aid.

Matthew Wells has more.

Speaking at the end of the weekly Humanitarian Task Force meeting on Syria in Geneva, UN Deputy Special Envoy to the country, Ramzy Ezzeldine Ramzy, urged all parties not to give up hope on resuming negotiations to end the brutal civil war.

"Special Envoy de Mistura has informed you of his intention to resume the Intra-Syrian Talks towards the end of August. We are committed that that and will do everything possible to ensure that these talks are fruitful. I think the cessation of hostilities has to stand, has to be reinforced."

He added that talks between Russia, which is lending military support to the Syrian regime, and the United States, were continuing, and if successful, it could lead to a major breakthrough.

Addressing the dire humanitarian conditions, UN Special Advisor Jan Egeland said the UN had received reports of 44 hospitals and other medical facilities, being attacked in July alone.

A large UN humanitarian team was on standby to help civilians trapped in Aleppo, he added.

"We are ready, willing and able to go, if there are pauses in the fighting. We have made it very clear for the parties including the Russian Federation after their proposal for humanitarian corridors, and there is intensive diplomatic activity at the moment to enable such and operation."

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on Thursday it was examining reports, with "great concern" of chlorine gas having been used in residential areas of a town in Idlib province in recent days.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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