The UN Security Council has been advised to find a way to end the four-year-old conflict in Syria, which had been characterised by extreme violence and brutality.
Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms Kyung-who Kang, said this in New York on Thursday.
According to council document made available to UN correspondents on Thursday Kyung- made the call while delivering a monthly briefing on the situation on the ground with regard to the implementation of Security Council resolutions 2139 (2014), 2165 (2014) and 2191 (2014).
“We must not allow the world to forget Syria and the atrocities being committed against its people,” said Kyung-who said.
She said relentless, extreme violence, brutality and destruction had resulted in 7.6 million people currently displaced within the country and with rising numbers of Syrians who had increasingly desperate needs.
Reminding Council members of the scope of the situation, she said that at the beginning of the conflict, one million people needed humanitarian assistance.
Today, she said, that figure had risen to 12 million, with 3.8 million people having fled to neighbouring countries.
She said, although, Security Council resolution 2139 (2014) had called for an end of the indiscriminate employment of weapons in populated areas, government airstrikes and attacks on populated areas by armed opposition groups and designated terrorist organisations had continued, with essential services’ infrastructure being targeted.
In addition, she said, atrocities were being meted out by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/Sham (ISIL/ISIS) in areas under their control.
Kyung-who said humanitarian organisations had tried to meet the population’s growing needs,explained that enough assistance had been delivered.
More funding, she said, is urgently required for humanitarian agencies to continue their work.
The Syria response, she said, is now contained in a single plan and appeal that was inclusive of assistance both from within the country and through cross-border operations.
According to her It would require 2.9 billion dollars this year,while recalling that last year only 48 per cent of the amount requested had been received.
She said no progress had been achieved on the inclusion of surgical supplies in humanitarian convoys and the majority of requests to the government to reach critical areas, including Eastern Ghouta.
Amb. Ali Haydar, Syria’s representative, in his contribution, said that his government had done its utmost to ensure the humanitarian needs for its citizens in the face of the terrorism engulfing the country.
Haydar said the government had agreed to the UN assistance plan for 2015 to complement those efforts.
He regretted, however, that the 2014 Council resolutions and the reports following up on them had politicised the situation, ignoring all facts on the ground.
The representative said, the reports used stereotypical language that ignored the attacks by terrorist armed groups.
”Without the protection and support that the Syrian government provided to the UN and partners, he said, no aid could be delivered,” he maintained.
He said cross-border delivery had been shown to be especially ineffective, as the UN did not have adequate control over the distribution of such goods to keep them from falling into the hands of terrorists; detailed inventories must be provided to the proper authorities.
He said that the humanitarian situation in Syria would not improve unless the international community cooperated with his government in addressing terrorism in the country and stopped other countries from supporting the terrorists.
In addition, he said, the organisation must stop producing reports that contained inaccurate information, including the use of terms such as “armed groups”, instead of “terrorist groups”.
He said that groups that were listed as benefiting from international support were aligned with known extremist organisations, including those also receiving Israeli support.
Haydar stressed that all aid must be delivered in full cooperation with the Syrian government and with full respect for the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.