UN envoy: visible progress in Syria but situation still fragile

The UN Syria's envoy Staffan de Mistura
The UN Syria’s envoy Staffan de Mistura

GENEVA, March 3 (KUNA) — The UN Syria’s envoy Staffan de Mistura announced Thursday that the truce is making visible progress in Syria, but admitted that the situation still fragile.
“The level of violence in the country is being greatly reduced,” De Mistura said in a joint press conference with his senior aide for humanitarian affairs Jan Egeland at the Geneva-based UN office.
“The situation therefore could be summarized as fragile. Success is not guaranteed but progress has been visible.” He added that the cessation of hostilities has been holding “But there are still a number of places where fighting has continued,” including in parts of Hama, Homs, Latakia and Damascus.
Egeland suggested that halting acts of hostilities would make a big leap in the efforts to deliver desperately need humanitarian aid to people stranded in besieged cities across the conflict-ravaged country.
People in most of these cities have lost hope in any effort to break the chocking siege, particularly in the Deir Al-Zour governorate where over 100,000 are trapped, he said. (end) ta.ibi