Vice President, Dima Moussa, started yesterday a series of meetings with permanent missions of several member states to the United Nations and some UN departments and agencies, where the discussions focused on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in northwestern Syria, mainly in Idlib and Aleppo Countryside, as a result of the ongoing military campaign by the Syrian regime in the area.
Moussa highlighted the massive displacement of civilians in the area, which has exceeded 500,000 people over the last two months, and the shortage of humanitarian assistance necessary to address the dire conditions, including lack of basic needs like shelter and medical care, especially that this comes in the middle of the winter season.
This, she noted, will require immediate measures to address the humanitarian crisis, by providing humanitarian assistance to meet basic and urgent needs.
Additionally, serious steps are necessary to ensure ending the displacement movement, as larger numbers of people get pushed into a smaller geographical area, which is bound to eventually push this human mass beyond the Syrian borders, she added.
Beyond short-term and emergency measures, Moussa emphasized the dangers of the continued hostilities in the northwest and other parts of Syria on the political process and the risks a continuously deteriorating humanitarian situation would pose on reaching a comprehensive political solution through full implementation of UNSC resolution 2254, which would put an end to the conflict and lay the foundations for political transition.
She noted that no political solution or process can be truly credible or implementable as long as Syrians are getting killed and displaced due to military operations, and that the international community, represented by the UN, is required to assume its responsibilities in working to ensure peace and security in the world. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)