US lauds confirmation of UN aid delivery to Syria

WASHINGTON, June 1 (KUNA) — The US lauded its confirmation of a UN and Red Cross ground delivery of humanitarian assistance to Daraa and Moadamiya, Syria but stressed it is “far from sufficient to providing the kind of relief to the hundreds of thousands” of Syrians in need, a US official said Wednesday.
“Ground delivery remains the most effective means to providing aid to all besieged communities,” said State Department Spokesperson John Kirby to reporters.
“The secretary (of State John Kerry) continues to, and has continued to urge the (Russian) FM (Foreign Minister Lavrov) to use Russia’s influence in a constructive, productive positive way to get the regime to do the things that they need to do,” said Kirby.
Kerry recently spoke with Russian Lavrov about the humanitarian situation on the ground and the “need” to get more aid in. This includes moving forward with an initiative from the World Food Programme that has potential for air dropped assistance, said Kirby.
The Assad regime reiterated that it has “hindered, limited, allowed it to get tantalizingly close to people in need and then pull pack…it clearly shows the lack of concern for their own citizens and a willingness to spit in the face of the international community,” said the spokesperson.
He added, “We all hope that additional aid can be delivered. If by air, its fine. But perhaps even more by ground, hopefully.” (end) ak.ibi