OCHA Chief urges key stakeholders in Syria crisis to put “people before politics”

NEW YORK, Jan 28 (KUNA) — Head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) urged key stakeholders in the Syria crisis must do what has never been done up to this point and put people before politics.
Briefing the Security Council, Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen Oآ’Brien stressed that the continued suffering of the people in Syria cannot be blamed on humanitarian organizations and staff, rather, it is the failure of both the parties and the international community that have allowed this conflict to continue for far too long.
“The only solution is through political dialogue that reduces and ultimately ends the violence,” he added.
As this conflict approaches its sixth year, Oآ’Brien affirmed that now is the time for those Council members with “influence” on the parties to put their differences aside and come together “at the most senior political levels” to find ways to improve access to the millions of Syrians that remain trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas.
On the eve of further political talks, the UN official hoped that the key stakeholders finally take the bold, unselfish and courageous decisions necessary to bring an end to this ruinous war and the unimaginable suffering of the Syrian people.
That said, and resources being vital in this situation, Oآ’Brien encouraged all Member States to pledge generously at the upcoming London Conference on February 4th, that is co-hosted by Kuwait, for the desperate people inside Syria, and for those who have fled into the neighbouring countries. “The UN and its partners will only be able to do our job the best way possible when we are fully resourced,” he confirmed. (end) mao.nfm