The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said yesterday that the ceasefire following the Russia-United States agreement is largely holding but that desperately awaited humanitarian convoys are unable to move due to a delay in getting permits from the Syrian Government.
Emphasising the need for a 48-hour pause to the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the UN humanitarian chief yesterday urged the US and Russia to reach rapid agreement on the security guarantees and operational modalities for a ceasefire so aid workers can deliver life-saving assistance to those in desperate need.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali, condemned the recent clashes in Kidal between forces of The Platform Movement and those of the Coordination of movements of Azawad, both of which are signatories to the country's peace agreement.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has reported that the ceasefire in the crisis-gripped country appears to be “largely holding, barring sporadic gunfire”, while the UN refugee agency has urged countries to keep their borders open for people fleeing tensions in Juba, where the human rights wing has warned the situation is “deteriorating rapidly.”
The UN Secretary-General has urged Israelis and Palestinians to stop fighting now, “in the name of humanity” and agree a ceasefire, allowing delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip.
Welcoming the broadly observed 12-hour humanitarian pause in the Gaza conflict, the UN Secretary-General has renewed his appeal for a week-long ceasefire as a prelude to restarting political negotiations.