GENEVA / ALEPPO DE MISTURA

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The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, abruptly suspended a weekly Humanitarian Task Force (HTF) meeting on Syria, calling for a 48-hour pause to allow humanitarian workers into Aleppo and bring vital aid to the Syrian people. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / ALEPPO DE MISTURA
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 18 AUGUST 2015, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. External Shot Palais des Nations, Geneva
2. Wide shot, UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria:
"I suspended the HTF (Humanitarian Task Force) meeting as a symbol of deep concern and as a s sign of respect towards the World Humanitarian Day tomorrow and as a sign of deep unhappiness about the fact that due to the lack of a pause no humanitarian aid is reaching anywhere in Syria at the moment, except Deir-ez Zor, and Aleppo is still, Eastern Aleppo, besieged and Western Aleppo in threat of becoming besieged.”
4. Close up, Spokesperson
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria:
"Tomorrow is the World Humanitarian Day and in Syria what we are hearing and seeing is only fighting, offensive, counter-offensive, rockets, barrel bombs, mortars, hell fire cannons, Napalm, Chlorine, snipers, air strikes, suicide bombers. Not one single convoy in one month has reached any of the humanitarian besieged areas.”
6. Close up, journalist writing
7 . SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria:
"We ask for at least a pause of 48 hours, we insist on this in order to make anything meaningful for Aleppo.“
8. Close up, Deputy Special Envoy for Syria
9. Close up, Security

STORYLINE:

The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, abruptly suspended a weekly Humanitarian Task Force (HTF) meeting on Syria, calling for a 48 hour pause to allow the delivery of vital aid to Aleppo.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (18 Aug), De Mistura said this was a symbolic gesture in advance of the commemoration of World Humanitarian Day on Friday, highlighting the need for humanitarian access in Aleppo and elsewhere as fighting raged on.

De Mistura stressed the suspension came "as a sign of respect towards the World Humanitarian Day tomorrow and as a sign of deep unhappiness about the fact that due to the lack of a pause no humanitarian aid is reaching anywhere in Syria at the moment." He said eastern Aleppo remained besieged as western Aleppo was under the "threat of becoming besieged.”

De Mistura said there was too much waiting while the Syrian people needed help now. He said as World Humanitarian Day was being marked, "in Syria what we are hearing and seeing is only fighting, offensive, counter offensive, rockets, barrel bombs, mortars, hell fire cannons, napalm, chlorine, snipers, air strikes, suicide bombers." He added that no convoys had reached any of the besieged areas in a month except Deir-ez Zor through air dops by the World Food Programme (WFP).

The UN Special Envoy underlined the need for a 48-hour pause "in order to make anything meaningful for Aleppo.“ He said the HTF meetings would resume next week to talk about facts "instead of hopes and promises.”
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