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The UN's top humanitarian official told the Security Council that despite the adoption of resolution 2139 on humanitarian access issues inSyria, “violence and attacks on civilians by all parties to the conflict and human rights abuses continue unabated, with devastating consequences for those affected.” UNIFEED - UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 26 JUNE 2013, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN building

26 JUNE 2013, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“we all had hoped for a significant improvement in the situation on the ground. However, I again regret to inform the Council that violence and attacks on civilians by all parties to the conflict and human rights abuses continue unabated, with devastating consequences for those affected.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“241,000 people continue to live under siege conditions unable to leave their communities and we are unable to get in to deliver much needed humanitarian assistance. Since my last briefing to the Council only 2,467 people or 1 per cent of those living in besieged areas have received much needed food assistance. Mr. President, this level of obstruction is inhuman and goes against the basic commitment to human dignity and rights UN Member States agreed to in Chapter 1, Article 3 of the UN Charter.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“We are still unable to provide regular and sustained assistance to 4.7 million people in hard-to-reach areas. This Council has demanded that the parties to the conflict allow and facilitate humanitarian access, across conflict-lines and across borders. Resolution 2139 is clear and unequivocal on this point. We need a scale up in cross line and cross border deliveries to meet growing needs on the ground..”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Ja'afari, Permanent Representative of Syria to the United Nations:
“It is strange that the report ignores the hampering by the Turkish authorities to enter humanitarian assistance through the crossing of Nusaybin and using that crossing to enter the terrorists.”
11. Med shot, delegates
12. Zoom out, end of meeting
STORYLINE
The United Nations top humanitarian official told the Security Council today (26 June)that despite the adoption of resolution 2139 on humanitarian access issues in Syria, “violence and attacks on civilians by all parties to the conflict and human rights abuses continue unabated, with devastating consequences for those affected.”

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, told the Council “241,000 people continue to live under siege conditions unable to leave their communities and we are unable to get in to deliver much needed humanitarian assistance.”

She said “only 2,467 people or 1 per cent of those living in besieged areas have received much needed food assistance.”

This level of obstruction, she said, “is inhuman and goes against the basic commitment to human dignity and rights UN Member States agreed to in Chapter 1, Article 3 of the UN Charter.”

Amos said “we are still unable to provide regular and sustained assistance to 4.7 million people in hard-to-reach areas.”

She noted that the Council “demanded that the parties to the conflict allow and facilitate humanitarian access, across conflict-lines and across borders” and pointed out that resolution 2139 “is clear and unequivocal on this point.”

Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari for his part said that the report presented by Amos “ignores the hampering by the Turkish authorities to enter humanitarian assistance through the crossing of Nusaybin and using that crossing to enter the terrorists.”
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