The Syrian National Coalition welcomed the humanitarian emergency initiative proposed by the European Union to deliver aid to the besieged neighborhoods in Aleppo.
The Syrian Coalition said it fully supports the initiative which was announced on Sunday, Oct 2nd, in a joint statement by the EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini and EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.
The EU initiative urged all parties to the conflict to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Aleppo and allow the evacuation of the wounded and sick. The EU said it was mobilizing a €25 million emergency aid package to help its humanitarian partners cover urgent medical, water and sanitation, and food assistance in Aleppo and in other priority areas across the country.
In a statement release on Monday, the Coalition said that the Free Syrian Army stands ready to facilitate the implementation of the initiative in all liberated areas, including the areas besieged by the Assad regime forces and their allied militias.
The Syrian Coalition stressed the need for unrestricted humanitarian access to all areas and without any interference from regime forces and their allied militias. The plan should be carried out in coordination with the United Nations to ensure the delivery of aid through the concerned humanitarian organizations, the Coalition added.
The Syrian Coalition also announced it supports EU calls for unconditional evacuation of the wounded and sick from Eastern Aleppo as well as those in urgent need of medical care as a result of the ongoing bombing campaign by the Assad regime and Russian air force on the besieged neighborhoods.
However, the Coalition underscored that “partial solutions will not contribute to the stopping of killing or the alleviation of the suffering of civilians. It is, therefore, imperative to exert pressure on the Assad regime and its Russian ally to ensure full implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement (CoH); the end of killing and destruction; and laying out the groundwork for a political solution in line with UN Security Council resolutions; a solution that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people.” (Source: Syrian Coalition)