UN is not giving up on chasefire

UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura affirmed – while in Geneva – that UN cannot give up and that any type of feeling that the UN is frustrated is wrong, as the organisation is determined in chasing fire in east Ghouta, where 400,000 people are living “in hell on earth.”

Mr. de Mistura called on both parties to the conflict to stop shelling each other’s areas and to allow humanitarian convoys to reach east Ghouta, addressing that the one an only priority should be stopping the suffering and the tragedy of the civilians there and elsewhere.

What is more, Jan Egeland, Special Adviser to the UN Special Envoy, said east Ghouta is “the place where the violence is at its worst,” and called on Russia, the United States and countries with influence aiming to help the UN dispatch several convoys per weeks to reach all places in east Ghouta, get more than 1,000 priority medical cases evacuated from there, and also to evacuate civilians out of the conflict zone.

“The UN here has not and will not give up in asking for the full implementation of (Security Council resolution) 2401. And we will continue asking until we are red in the face, blue in the face, for both side,” he declared, emphasising that the world does not want to see another war-battered Syrian enclave, as happened in 2016.

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