UN vows to help Syrians in need: officialSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 18/12/2012 5:47 pm in World / no comments
UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 17 — A senior UN official said here Monday that the United Nations has asked the Syrian government to consider 10 additional international non- governmental organizations (NGOs) which can operate in the Middle East country to beef up humanitarian relief efforts and the world body is committed to helping the Syrians in need.
The statement came as Valerie Amos, the UN under-secretary- general for humanitarian affairs, was speaking to reporters here after she briefed a closed UN Security Council meeting on her one- day visit to Syria Saturday.
During her visit, Amos asked the Syrian government to consider 10 additional international NGOs to undertake humanitarian assistance in Syria which has been suffering from a 21-month political crisis and subsequent violence, and assured Damascus that the United Nations is committed to helping the Syrians in need.
Amos, who is also the UN emergency relief coordinator, however, did not give further information on the 10 proposed international NGOs.
At present, Amos said that she is concerned about the shortage of fuel in Syria, which is important for trucks to ship relief assistance to the hands of the people in need.
Earlier in December, the United Nations withdrew 25 of its 100 foreign aid workers from Syria out of security concerns as fighting between government and rebels closed in on the Syrian capital Damascus.
Amos told reporters in Geneva Friday that the United Nations is committed to maintaining assistance operations in Syria and is ensuring relief supplies are stocked in neighboring countries.
In his meeting with Amos, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al- Moallem said in Damascus Saturday that the sanctions imposed on Syria by the European Union and the United States are to be blamed for the suffering of the Syrian people and he urged the United Nations to condemn those sanctions and call for their abrogation.