GEVA, 4th August 2016 (WAM) — The United Nations said on Thursday that intensive diplomacy was going on to try to agree a humanitarian pause in the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo, and it hoped to see an agreement for a comprehensive humanitarian plan in the next few days.
“There is still time, we cannot give up hope. Bear with us and I think in next few days there might be some movement,” U.N. Deputy Special Envoy for Syria Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy was quoted by Reuters as telling reporters in Geneva.
Ramzy said U.S.-Russian negotiations were ongoing and the United Nations was still committed to its goal of holding a new (third) round of talks between the Syrian government and opposition toward the end of August.
The United States and Russia were in intensive discussions to “shore up” Syria’s collapsed nationwide truce and their military experts were still trying to agree a cooperation plan “that would unlock the entire solution”, Ramzy said.
Ramzy said the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) held a meeting today in Geneva to discuss the situation in Aleppo where military ongoing operations impact delivery of relief to affected people.
Jan Egeland, adviser to U.N.’s special envoy to Syria, said the world body was ready to send relief to the city divided between government-controlled and opposition-controlled areas once the fighting pauses. The last delivery to reach those trapped in rebel-held parts of Aleppo where the U.N. estimates some 300,000 residents remain was in June, he said Across Syria, Egeland said, the U.N. was only able to meet 40 percent of its aid delivery targets for June and July. The U.N. had hoped to reach 1.2 million people over the last two months.