Russia says Syrian rebels thwart UN aid missions to torpedo peace process
20 February 2014, 16:35
The obstruction of attempted humanitarian deliveries to Syrian territories besieged by militants aims to thwart the relief operations and to stop the inter-Syrian peace process, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
'It is still impossible to help [people] in the populated areas besieged by the militants. We are confident that such actions of the irreconcilable opposition aim at thwarting humanitarian operations, undermining citizens' confidence in the authorities and putting an end to the inter-Syrian settlement process with the purpose of the resumption of a violent scenario,' Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told a press conference in Moscow.
Such behavior 'should be resolutely and unconditionally condemned by all members of the international community,' he stressed.
'We are witnessing a broadening in interaction between the Damascus authorities and international humanitarian organizations and NGOs, which operate on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic,' Lukashevich said, adding that humanitarian aid had been delivered lately across the border from Jordan and Lebanon.
Humanitarian aid has been supplied to more than 3 million Syrians since the beginning of this year, the ministry spokesman said.
'Deliveries continue to the Yarmouk Palestinian camp. As of the middle of February, the area has received over 7,000 food rations and more than 3,000 people have been evacuated,' Lukashevich said.
At the same time, convoys are robbed and employees of humanitarian organizations are murdered, he noted.
'Militants operating in Syria continue to rob convoys, to kill employees of humanitarian organizations and attack civil offices, using civilians as shields,' Lukashevich said.
Voice of Russia, Interfax
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