UN chief on Syria situation

Added On March 14, 2018

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has deplored the failure to implement a Security Council resolution that demands cease-fire in Syria.
Reporting to the Security Council on the implementation of Resolution 2401, Guterres said there has been no cessation of hostilities in Syria.
"It is true that in some areas – like Deir ez-Zour and with a recent ceasefire in Douma that I will address later —the conflict is diminishing in intensity. Yet there has been no cessation of hostilities. Violence continues in Eastern Ghouta and beyond — including in Afrin, parts of Idlib and into Damascus and its suburbs. Particularly in Eastern Ghouta, airstrikes, shelling and ground offensives have intensified after the adoption of the resolution and claimed many hundreds of civilian lives — some even reporting the toll at more than 1,000."
The resolution demands the enabling of "the safe, unimpeded and sustained" delivery of humanitarian aid and services across Syria for at least 30 days. 
"Despite some limited convoy deliveries, the provision of humanitarian aid and services has not been safe, unimpeded or sustained. The resolution calls for all parties to lift the sieges in populated areas including in Eastern Ghouta, Yarmouk, Foah and Kafraya. No sieges have been lifted."
Despite all the difficulties, lack of trust, mutual suspicions and cold calculations, Guterres noted that it should still be possible to implement Resolution 2401.
He underscored the urgency of seeing medical evacuations, civilian protection, and full, sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access as soon as possible.