UN: Worsening humanitarian access in Syria could threaten peace talks

The Syrian government has blocked deliveries of international aid to besieged areas in the past days, UN envoy Jan Egeland says, warning that the slowdown of humanitarian efforts can hurt the peace process.

Government authorities denied passage to four convoys that would bring aid to some 300,000 people in cities besieged by the army, he says, adding that opposition fighters blocked one Red Crescent aid delivery.

"I'm disappointed, I am disheartened of what we achieved over the last week," says Egeland, who chairs a task force of global and regional powers that are supposed to negotiate humanitarian access with the conflict parties.

"It is very dangerous to lose the momentum with humanitarian work" because this can affect the peace talks in Geneva and the fragile truce in Syria, he adds.

Last update: Thu, 07/04/2016 - 14:53
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