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Switzerland: UN ready to send aid to Aleppo at any time, waiting for ceasefire01:43

Switzerland: UN ready to send aid to Aleppo at any time, waiting for ceasefire

Switzerland, Geneva
August 25, 2016 at 15:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, alongside his Special Advisor Jan Egeland, spoke to the press outlined their three point Aleppo emergency response plan from Geneva, Thursday. The plan is developed around “48-hour humanitarian pause” windows in fighting which would allow aid convoys to be delivered to the east of the city, with “enough food for 80,000 people in eastern Aleppo.”

De Mistura could confirm that Russia had agreed to the 48-hour pauses in Aleppo, but that security guarantees were still outstanding from parties on the ground. He said the humanitarian convoys were "ready" to depart.

Another element of the emergency response plan was to carry out “cross line repair of the electrical system” situated in Southern Aleppo which supplies the “daily electrical needs” of 1.8 million people in addition to the “pumping stations pumping water to 1.8 million people in east and west”.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and US Secretary of State John Kerry are set to discuss the Syria crisis and the current situation in Aleppo in Geneva on Friday. De Mistura stated these meetings would “certainly” impact the UN plans to “re-launch the political process in Syria” but could not comment further at that stage.

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UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, alongside his Special Advisor Jan Egeland, spoke to the press outlined their three point Aleppo emergency response plan from Geneva, Thursday. The plan is developed around “48-hour humanitarian pause” windows in fighting which would allow aid convoys to be delivered to the east of the city, with “enough food for 80,000 people in eastern Aleppo.”

De Mistura could confirm that Russia had agreed to the 48-hour pauses in Aleppo, but that security guarantees were still outstanding from parties on the ground. He said the humanitarian convoys were "ready" to depart.

Another element of the emergency response plan was to carry out “cross line repair of the electrical system” situated in Southern Aleppo which supplies the “daily electrical needs” of 1.8 million people in addition to the “pumping stations pumping water to 1.8 million people in east and west”.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and US Secretary of State John Kerry are set to discuss the Syria crisis and the current situation in Aleppo in Geneva on Friday. De Mistura stated these meetings would “certainly” impact the UN plans to “re-launch the political process in Syria” but could not comment further at that stage.