U.N. URGES PARTIES TO SYRIAN CRISIS TO DETERMINE POSITIONS OVER TRUCE BY TODAY
GENEVA, Switzerland – UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, called on all parties of the Syrian conflict, to clarify their positions by today (Sunday), regarding a ceasefire he requested, in order to deliver humanitarian aid for people in besieged Aleppo.
De Mistura, in a statement issued by his Geneva office, said, he realised there were consultations among those parties, which he hoped would have positive outcome, regarding the UN plan to deliver aid.
He said, the UN was taking some practical and logistical factors into consideration, in order to deliver the aid, which would be transported via the Castillo road, considered to be a safe passageway.
De Mistura hoped further passageways would be used, to deliver relief supplies as soon as possible, but did not mention them. He affirmed Russia’s approval for the UN humanitarian aid plan.
He also said, the US and other countries were committed to allowing the UN deliver aid for 80,000 people, in the east of Aleppo, and others in the west of the city.
De Mistura said, the UN also sought to restore electricity for 1.8 million people, a prelude for a weekly truce, designed to deliver aid.
The UN envoy said, all parties should use their influence on the actors on the ground, in order to deliver the humanitarian supplies for the civilian population in Aleppo.
US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, following marathon talks in Geneva yesterday, said, they “achieved clarity” on how to make any cessation of hostility in Syria sustainable.
“I can say that we achieved clarity” for a new ceasefire in Syria, Kerry told a joint news briefing with Lavrov.
This clarity also includes how to address the Syrian government’s breach of the ceasefire, he said.
Kerry said, US and Russian teams would be solving some technical issues, before implementing the cessation of hostilities.
Kerry hoped for rapid delivery of humanitarian aid for the needy people, specially those stranded in Aleppo, which, if implemented, would achieve a breakthrough in the Syrian file.
Lavrov said, Russia would press the Syrian government to respect the ceasefire, while Washington would do the same with the opposition factions it supported. “Regional countries with influence on parties of the conflict will have a role to the truce,” he added.
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