A joint report compiled by humanitarian agencies accused international powers of failing in the attempt to solve the crisis from Syria.
The conclusions drawn by the United Nations and a global coalition of aid agencies point to the fact that powerful states had put their own interests ahead and have failed the victims of the Syrian conflict.
According to Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for the UN chief, civilians in Syria endured their ”worst year” since the war began. He added that the UN still believes in finding a political solution to the crisis and asked the international powers to unite.
The spokesperson also mentioned that President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons were mostly removed, but that getting humanitarian aid to the country is very difficult, while the supply of weapons to the belligerent parties was just making things worse. Mr Dujarric explained that the UN ”have found a lack of political will to move forward in a united fashion to stop the fighting”.
The Failing Syria report speaks about the dreadful numbers of the war. At least 76,000 Syrians were killed in 2014, the deadliest year in the conflict since it started, while aid access is still poor. Around five million people reside in areas that the UN considers ”hard to reach”, one million more than in 2013.
More than five million children are in need of aid, a 31% increase since 2013, while in 2014 the funding for humatiarian aid have dropped to 57% of the needs, from 71% in the previous year.
The Failing Syria was compiled by agencies like Save the Children and Oxfam. It accused the 15 member Security Council of not fulfilling their pledges to increase aid access and alleviate suffering.
an Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, one of the groups involved in the report, said: “The bitter reality is that the Security Council has failed to implement its resolutions. Parties to the conflict have acted with impunity and ignored the Security Council’s demands, civilians are not protected and their access to relief has not improved”.
In 2014, The Security Council passed three resolutions which called for an end to attacks on civilians, but also to an increase in aid. The resolutions also asked for the UN to operate freely in Syria, without permission from Damascus.
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