UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations said Thursday that it is still facing significant Syrian government-imposed obstacles that are hampering the delivery of life-saving aid to scores of civilians in the war-torn country.
“We have capacity to deliver to hundreds of thousands of people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas every month and we are ready to move,” U.N. aid chief Stephen O’Brien told the U.N. Security Council in his monthly update on Syria. “The fault is not at the door of the U.N. or the NGOs it is the Syrian government and the [local] governors,” he said.
O’Brien ran through a litany of impediments imposed by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, including administrative hurdles, delays in approvals at the central and local levels, disagreements on access routes and violations of agreed procedures at checkpoints.
SOURCE: VOA News Online