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Moscow supports Ban Ki-moon’s decision to send envoy to Syria

February 23, 2012, 17:17 UTC+3

This step by Ban Ki-moon is in line with the Russian initiative,” the ministry stressed

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MOSCOW, February 23 (Itar-Tass) —— Moscow supports the decision of the United Nations secretary-general to send Valerie Amos, the U.N. under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, to Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

“This step by Ban Ki-moon is in line with the Russian initiative,” the ministry stressed.

“Russia has recently proposed at the United Nations Security Council that the secretary-general should send his envoy to Syria to assess the humanitarian situation in the country and to agree will all the parties concerned issues of safe delivery of humanitarian aid,” the Russian Foreign Ministry went on. Moscow thinks it utterly important that “during her mission Valerie Amos was guided solely by humanitarian considerations.”

“No politicization of this sensitive sphere is admissible,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed. “Humanitarian aid to Syria must be delivered without any military convoys. As far as we understand, Valerie Amos is ready to stick to this approach and maintain contact with all the conflicting particies in Syria.”

“We call on the United Nations secretary-general’s envoy to be unbiased and act in objective, non-politicized manner while assessing the humanitarian situation in Syria and the needs of the country’s population, as she did during tense situation in Libya and Sudan,” the ministry’s comment said. “We hope Valerie Amos, while realizing her mandate, will take into account the mobilization of donor money from all states that would be ready to take part rather than from individual groups of countries.”

Moscow hopes that “all Syrian parties will cooperate constructively with Valeria Amos’ mission,” the ministry added.

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