Syria: EU calls for urgent humanitarian access in Aleppo

July 28, 2016
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The EU today called for “an immediate humanitarian pause in fighting to ensure medical evacuations and the delivery of medicine, food and water from and into Eastern Aleppo as the humanitarian situation has deteriorated dramatically.”
“The recent closure of the last remaining supply route has turned Eastern Aleppo in Syria into a de-facto besieged area, cutting off around 300,000 people from any form of vital assistance. Since 7 July, neither aid staff nor supplies have been allowed to enter,” said a statement issued today by EU High Representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Humanitarian aid and Crisis management Christos Stylianides.
The statement said the humanitarian pause is only a first step.  “We have always said there will be no military but only a political solution to this conflict.”
EU officials called the international community to act collectively and forcefully to put the process back on track, including the respect to the cessation of hostilities, stressing that the EU “will continue to support the efforts of the UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura in facilitating a peaceful settlement, while continuing to support the people in need with lifesaving humanitarian aid.” (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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European Commission – Factsheet – The European Union and Syria 
European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection – Syrian crisis factsheet  

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