GENEVA / EGELAND SYRIA UPDATE

16-Jun-2016 00:02:33
The UN special advisor for Syria Jan Egeland said progress was being made in getting aid to Syrians caught in besieged and hard to reach areas. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA/ EGELAND SYRIA UPDATE
TRT: 2:36
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 16 JUNE 2016, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior
2. Close up, podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria:
“It was very significant that we were able to reach both Daraya and Douma in recent days with food, partial delivery of food and full delivery of other humanitarian items. And this is the first delivery to those places since 2012 and 2014 respectively. “
4. Close up, camera
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria:
“Why has there been progress? I would say because more effective diplomatic work of late from members of the Taskforce, including effective efforts, systematic efforts, valuable efforts by our two co-chairs Russia and the United States, but also courageous work by our humanitarian colleagues on the ground.”
6. Close up, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria: “The protection needs of the civilian population are being trampled upon across the Syrian map. It is therefore very positive that a truce for 48 hours was declared today in Aleppo, Aleppo city. We need more of this, we need it in Aleppo and we need it elsewhere. Because we are acutely aware that the access we have now can end tomorrow.”
8. Close up, spokeswoman
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria:
“Staffan de Mistura said that progress on cessation of hostilities and humanitarian work is important to get peace talks. But it is also for us humanitarians important to get peace talks to sustain (the) humanitarian process. So in a way these things are interlinked. I feel, we feel like Sisyphus here, as if Sisyphus had an easy job compared to the one we have in trying to do this every single month to all of these places that are in need because of this terrible war”.
10. Close up, journalist
11. Close up, journalist from behind
STORYLINE
The United Nations special advisor for Syria Jan Egeland said progress was being made in getting aid to Syrians caught in besieged and hard to reach areas.

Speaking to the press following a meeting of the humanitarian taskforce for Syria, Egeland noted that this progress was in part due to “more effective diplomatic work” from members of the taskforce including its co-chairs Russia and the United States.

Egeland said a large convoy was ready to go to the besieged Homs suburb of al Waer, where deaths had recently been reported due to dwindling resources. He said convoys were expected to reach 50,000 people in Afrin in northern Aleppo and 25,000 in the Damascus suburb of Kfar Batna as part of the 110,000 people the United Nations and its partners hoped to reach today (16 Jun).

Egeland expressed hope that this would be turning point for access to besieged and hard-to-reach areas said as the war continued everything was fragile. He said the truce agreed today in Aleppo was a first step towards building confidence and hoped it would be extended to other areas.

Egeland regretted that despite some recent positive momentum, not a single siege had been lifted and the fighting had in fact worsened. He said that progress on the cessation of hostilities and humanitarian work were interlinked. Egeland said humanitarian actors “feel like

Sisyphus here, as if Sisyphus had an easy job compared to the one we have in trying to do this every single month to all of these places that are in need because of this terrible war”.

Egeland expressed hope to reach Arbin and Zamalka in rural Damascus, the final two besieged areas which have yet to receive aid, in the next few days.
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