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No need in emergency int’l humanitarian aid to Syria – Russian ForMin

September 08, 2011, 19:26 UTC+3
“In August, a U.N. mission was sent to Syria to assess humanitarian needs engendered by the current crisis there,” Lukashevich said
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MOSCOW, September 8 (Itar-Tass) —— Syria has no need in an emergency humanitarian aid, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.

“In August, a U.N. mission was sent to Syria to assess humanitarian needs engendered by the current crisis there,” Lukashevich said. “The mission included officials from a number of U.N. institutions and humanitarian agencies, such as the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Health Organization, the World Food Program, etc.”

“The Syrian authorities allowed the mission to travel many areas, to visit a number of populated localities, to call at schools and hospitals,” the Russian diplomat said. “Members of the mission had talks with government officials and local authorities, spoke with people.”

“The mission members were unanimous in their assessment of that as of now there is no need in an emergency international humanitarian relief aid,” he stressed. “We think the mission’s conclusions are objective. We hope that Syria would cooperate closely and transparently with U.N. specialized agencies.”

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