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Terrorists obstruct aid delivery in Syria — Russian diplomat

April 13, 2016, 8:45 UTC+3 GENEVA

Alexey Borodavkin stressed that aid should not be getting into the hands of terrorists

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GENEVA, April 13. /TASS/. Illegal armed groups obstruct the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Syrian population affected by the conflict, Russia's envoy to the UN office and other international organizations in Geneva told Tass on Wednesday, saying Russia urged its partners in the humanitarian task force to put pressure on them.

Focusing on the activity of the task force that weekly meets in Geneva, Alexey Borodavkin marked "sizable progress as to the dispatch of humanitarian assistance to Syrians, first of all in those settlements that have one way or another found themselves in a military blockade".

"This happens first of all owing to cooperation from the Syrian authorities that have radically shortened the timeframe for reviewing applications for supplies of humanitarian aid to the Syrian people in need," the diplomat said, adding that the Syrian authorities were cooperating with UN humanitarian services and representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The diplomat said "Russian military are supplying humanitarian aid to the Syrian population on a bilateral basis". In particular, humanitarian cargoes are airdropped in the city of Deir ez-Zor.

"Russian representatives in the humanitarian task force are emphasizing now that unfortunately the dispatch of aid is hindered by illegal armed groups blocking such settlements as Al Fuah and Kafaraya and some others," the envoy said.

"And we insistently demand from our partners in the task force to put pressure on these groups so that they provide a free access to people in need in these regions, and besides so that they finally stop mortar shelling of these settlements in violation of the ceasefire regime," the diplomat said.

He said aid should not be getting into the hands of terrorists. "Our partners in the task force should get it clear that feeding and providing treatment to terrorists is not among the tasks of UN humanitarian agencies, and we are not going to assist in such kind of ‘humanitarian assistance’," Borodavkin said.

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