Geneva, 6 October 2016
SdeM: I am here with my friend and colleague Jan Egeland, because we have just ended an important, in our opinion, Humanitarian Task Force meeting, so will first elaborate, at length actually, about where we are in the situation and then give the floor to Jan Egeland to summarize where we are on the Humanitarian Task Force progress.
No one can deny that we are in an emergency mode, let’s be frank, regarding Syria, regarding Aleppo, about the future of this conflict. What has happened the other day when the two co-chairs, who have been working hard, I have seen them with my eyes, on possible cessation of hostilities based on the 9th of September, decided, unfortunately and sadly, to suspend their own bilateral discussions on the cessation of hostilities, it was and has been a serious setback. So pretending that that was not the case would be unfair towards the Syrian people, and towards common sense and public opinion. So let me take stock first of all and clarify on consequences on that as to the architecture of international involvement on the attempt to solve the Syrian crisis and in particular establish some type of reduction of violence, humanitarian assess and political process.
This covers the call by the UN on 8 June asking for humanitarian access in Syria in the wake of reports of attacks on two medical facilities in eastern Aleppo, announcement by Special Advisor Jan Egeland of plans to go to 11 besieged areas in the coming days, the briefing to the Security Council by Stephen O’Brien that ‘Operating space for humanitarian actors is shrinking’ in Syria, Syrian and international experts agreeing on emergency measures to safeguard Syria’s heritage, UNICEF Ambassador Ricky Martin calling for greater efforts for children fleeing the Syria conflict, condemnation by UNRWA of the escalation of violence in Syria, which it said was claiming Palestine refugee lives and destroying civilian homes, and other items.
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