UNSC’s Syria ceasefire resolution not implemented – UN official

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said that the UN Security Council resolution 2401 on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria was not implemented.

“Has Security Council resolution 2401 been implemented? Is there a ceasefire in Syria? No. And no,” Lowcock said in a briefing to the UN Security Council on Syria Wednesday.

He pointed out that the past few days had seen “More bombing. More fighting. More death. More destruction. More maiming of women and children. More hunger. More misery. More, in other words, of the same.” “Over 580 people since 18 February were now reported to have been killed due to air and ground-based strikes in eastern Ghouta, with well over 1,000 people injured. At the same time hundreds of rockets from eastern Ghouta into Damascus have reportedly killed 15 people, and injured over 200.” He affirmed that the fighting still raging in other parts of the Syria not only eastern Ghouta.

“In Idleb, fighting continues to kill and injure civilians, destroy civilian infrastructure, and result in large population movements. Since December an estimated 385,000 people have been displaced, with many civilians moving north,” he said.

He described the Russia announced five hours lull in eastern Ghouta as unpractical.

“Well, to quote the ICRC’s Middle East Director who spoke yesterday on this, “it is impossible to bring a humanitarian convoy in 5 hours”. Agencies now have years of experience with this and it can take a day simply to pass checkpoints, even when the parties have agreed. Then you need to offload the goods.” He pointed out the UN agencies had convoys ready to go to ten besieged and hard-to-reach locations.

“They include a 45-truck convoy with aid for 90,000 people to Douma in eastern Ghouta. We are working very closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and other health partners on that,” he said.

On February 24, the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution presented by Kuwait and Sweden for a 30-day humanitarian truce in Syria.

Source: Kuwait News Agency