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Syrian government allows more aid

06-06-2012 01:11 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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Syria has agreed to allow the United Nations and international agencies to expand humanitarian operations in the country.

Today, at least 1 million people are in urgent need of assistance after 14 months of conflict. That’s according to a senior UN aid official in Geneva.

The deal was negotiated with the Syrian government in Damascus. And it should allow access to nine UN agencies and seven international NGOs. The UN hopes to establish a field presence in four Syrian cities including Homs and Idlib.

The operation would span over a six-month period and require 185 million US dollars in order to help one million Syrians.

Chairman of UN Syria Humanitarian Forum John Ging says, "Today marks a step of progress in that there is now agreement with the Syrian government on the scale, scope and modality for humanitarian response in Syria moving forward. So the discussions have come to a point of conclusion on the need for scaling up and how we will do that. Whether this is a breakthrough or not, will be evident in the coming days and weeks, and it will be measured not in rhetorics, not in agreements, but in action on the ground."

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: CNTV.CN

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