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Switzerland: Syrian govt. approve 19 aid convoys to besieged areas – UN’s De Mistura02:57

Switzerland: Syrian govt. approve 19 aid convoys to besieged areas – UN’s De Mistura

Switzerland, Geneva
June 9, 2016 at 22:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

After stating that air drops in Syria would not go ahead without Syrian government approval, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura told press in Geneva, Thursday, that he was not backtracking on previous plans for their use agreed in May.

De Mistura told the reporters that the Syrian government had approved aid convoys to all 19 besieged areas, saying that "270,250 people in besieged areas have been reached so far”.

He added that while the team were waiting on further approval, detailed plans for using such methods, including air bridges and air lifts, were being closely considered.

The statement comes after over 20 countries agreed on May 17 that air drops should be used by the deadline of June 1 if land convoys were not being admitted to certain areas in Syria. With the Syrian government reportedly responding to UN calls, the international body alongside the World Food Programme are less inclined to use such measures due to the cost and the potentiality of UN aircraft meeting aerial combat forces.

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After stating that air drops in Syria would not go ahead without Syrian government approval, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura told press in Geneva, Thursday, that he was not backtracking on previous plans for their use agreed in May.

De Mistura told the reporters that the Syrian government had approved aid convoys to all 19 besieged areas, saying that "270,250 people in besieged areas have been reached so far”.

He added that while the team were waiting on further approval, detailed plans for using such methods, including air bridges and air lifts, were being closely considered.

The statement comes after over 20 countries agreed on May 17 that air drops should be used by the deadline of June 1 if land convoys were not being admitted to certain areas in Syria. With the Syrian government reportedly responding to UN calls, the international body alongside the World Food Programme are less inclined to use such measures due to the cost and the potentiality of UN aircraft meeting aerial combat forces.

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