UK to press for full humanitarian access in Syria

British Foreign Secretary said they would work with the Syrian National Coalition to improve access to aid in areas under opposition control in the war-torn country.

UK to press for full humanitarian access in Syria

World Bulletin/News Desk

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday, they would press for full humanitarian access, safe passage for medical personnel and convoys, the delivery of aid, and the lifting of bureaucratic burdens imposed by the regime in Syria.

Hague said they would work with the Syrian National Coalition to improve access to aid in areas under opposition control in the war-torn country.

"We gave our united support to the UN-led Geneva 2 process, which should establish a transitional governing body with full executive powers, formed by mutual consent. There was unanimous agreement that Syrian President Assad and his close associates can play no role in a body formed by mutual consent," Hague said referring to a meeting of 11 foreign ministers -- dubbed as the "London 11" -- on October 22.

Syrian opposition has agreed to participate in a planned international peace conference in Geneva, Switzerland, but it ruled out any role for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the future of the country.    

Hague welcomed the Syrian opposition's decision to participate in the Geneva conference.

"In the light of this decision by the Coalition, we will provide practical and political support to help them prepare to lead the opposition delegation"

Hague cited UN figures saying that 2.5 million people were trapped amid heavy fighting in parts of Syria without access to any humanitarian aid including an estimated half a million of men, women and children living under siege conditions.

Hague said he spoke to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov last week and urged the Russian government to try to convince the Syrian regime to stop blocking the delivery of aid.

The British foreign secretary said they would press for full humanitarian access and freedom of movement for trapped civilians, the evacuation of civilians from besieged areas, safe passage for medical personnel and convoys, the creation of hubs for the delivery of aid, cross-border assistance and the lifting of bureaucratic burdens imposed by the regime. 

"We will also work with the Coalition to improve access to aid in areas under its control."

Last Mod: 11 Kasım 2013, 23:13
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