UN chief blames all Syria sides over aid

Daily Trust - - WORLD -

The UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral has ac­cused all par­ties in Syria’s civil war of “fla­grant vi­o­la­tions” of in­ter­na­tional law over the de­liv­ery of aid.

Ban Ki-moon urged the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to act to im­ple­ment a res­o­lu­tion passed in Fe­bru­ary de­mand­ing greater ac­cess.

In his sec­ond re­port to the coun­cil on the res­o­lu­tion, Mr Ban said al­most 3.5m civil­ians were be­ing de­nied vi­tal aid, in­clud­ing medicine and med­i­cal care.

Ac­tivists say about 150,000 people have died in Syria’s three-year civil war.

Mil­lions of people have fled their homes as fight­ing shows no sign of eas­ing.

In re­port de­scribed by the BBC at the UN as a strong re­buke, Mr Ban wrote: “The Se­cu­rity Coun­cil must take ac­tion to deal with these fla­grant vi­o­la­tions of the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of in­ter­na­tional law.”

The re­port did not spec­ify what mea­sures the coun­cil should take.

The res­o­lu­tion ap­proved in Fe­bru­ary called on all par­ties to al­low aid to cross con­flict lines and borders.

How­ever Mr Ban told the coun­cil that Syria re­mained “an ex­tremely chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment in which to work”.

He added that the sit­u­a­tion was get­ting worse.

“Thou­sands of people are not get­ting the med­i­cal care, in­clud­ing life-sav­ing medicines, that they need,” he said.

Ear­lier on Wed­nes­day, UN hu­man­i­tar­ian chief Va­lerie Amos told Reuters news agency that hopes for a po­lit­i­cal deal to end Syria’s war were fad­ing and it was get­ting harder ev­ery day to send aid to trapped and dis­placed civil­ians. Cor­re­spon­dent says Bri­tain, Amer­ica and France are con­sid­er­ing a fur­ther res­o­lu­tion tak­ing puni­tive mea­sures against the govern­ment of Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad, but it would al­most cer­tainly be blocked by Rus­sia.

The up­ris­ing in Syria be­gan in March 2011 af­ter se­cu­rity forces opened fire on pro­test­ers.

The coun­try has since de­scended into civil war as rebel bri­gades- in­clud­ing Is­lamists and ji­hadists linked to al-Qaeda - bat­tle govern­ment forces for con­trol of cities, towns and the coun­try­side.

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