UN / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN PRESSER

13-Apr-2018 00:02:17
United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis told reporters today “the humanitarian situation in Syria today is the worst since the conflict has started.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN PRESSER
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 13 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior, United Nations Headquarters

13 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Panos Moumtzis, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis:
“The seventh now eighth year of the conflict, the humanitarian situation in Syria today is the worst since the conflict has started.”
4. Wide shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Panos Moumtzis, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis:
“As of today, we have received... out of the requested 3.5 billion dollars to support the lifesaving humanitarian assistance in Syria, we have received 513 million US dollars which means that we are funded at 14.6 per cent. This is the lowest we have been at this time of the year during the operation.”
6. Wide shot, conference room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Panos Moumtzis, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis:
“In 2017, we had an approval rate for crossline operation by the Government of Syria to the range of 27 per cent. Of course for us, this is highly disappointing, because this means that three quarters of the people who are in what we call the hard to reach and besieged area did not receive any humanitarian assistance in 2017 because the impediment of requiring an explicit authorization to be able to do all crossline.”
8. Wide shot, briefing room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Panos Moumtzis, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis:
“This percentage in 2018 has gone done to five per cent, which means only five per cent of the crossline operations to hard to reach and besieged area were approved, we got approval to move through that.”
10. Med shot, journalists
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Panos Moumtzis, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis:
“Bluntly put, it was a failure. It did not work. It didn’t really achieve its objective and it left a fake hope for many people who thought that the Security Council has finally spoken to be able to alleviate the suffering and yet it didn’t translate into any action on the ground.”
12. Wide shot, briefing room
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Panos Moumtzis, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis:
“At the whole of the Syrian crisis, we have really put in place since last year robust mechanism to make sure that the relation of dignity and trust that we have with the people is respected. It is unacceptable to have any abuse taking place. We do have a zero policy approach when such incident has taken place. The person doesn’t have a second chance, basically.”
14. Wide shot, briefing room
STORYLINE
United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis told reporters today “the humanitarian situation in Syria today is the worst since the conflict has started.”

On the lack of funding for the Syria humanitarian crisis, Panos Moumtzis, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria crisis today (13 Apr) said “out of the requested 3.5 billion dollars to support the lifesaving humanitarian assistance in Syria, we have received 513 million US dollars which means that we are funded at 14.6 per cent. This is the lowest we have been at this time of the year during the operation.”

On access to deliver humanitarian assistance, Moumtzis said “in 2017, we had an approval rate for crossline operation by the Government of Syria to the range of 27 per cent,” adding that this mean three quarters of the people who are in the hard to reach and besieged area did not receive any humanitarian assistance, because of “the impediment of requiring an explicit authorization to be able to do all crossline.”

The Coordinator noted that compare to 2017, only five per cent of the crossline operations to hard to reach and besieged area were approved in 2018.

Asked about the Security Council Resolution 2401 which demands a 30-day cessation of hostilities in Syria to enable humanitarian aid delivery, Moumtzis said “bluntly put, it was a failure. It did not work. It didn’t really achieve its objective and it left a fake hope for many people who thought that the Security Council has finally spoken to be able to alleviate the suffering and yet it didn’t translate into any action on the ground.”

On sexual violation against women during the conflict, the coordinator reiterated “at the whole of the Syrian crisis, we have really put in place since last year robust mechanism to make sure that the relation of dignity and trust that we have with the people is respected.”

He added “it is unacceptable to have any abuse taking place. We do have a zero-policy approach when such incident has taken place. The person doesn’t have a second chance, basically.”
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