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    The United Nations expects the humanitarian aid convoys to reach Syria's cities of Daraya and Moadamyeh before the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Vienna.

    VIENNA (Sputnik) — The United Nations expects that the humanitarian aid convoys manage to reach Syria's cities of Daraya and Moadamyeh prior to the May 17 International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Vienna, Jan Egeland, the humanitarian adviser to UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, told Sputnik on Monday.

    "The idea was to deliver aid before Vienna [meeting of ISSG], but it has not happened. It has to happen today or tomorrow early morning. If not, there will be only negative reports [from the UN side on the humanitarian access issue] to the ISSG in Vienna," Egeland said.

    The United Nations expects that the ISSG will put pressure on the Syrian government and the opposition in case humanitarian convoys are not given access to certain areas, the adviser added.

    "In case of Daraya, it [pressure] should be on Damascus, as they are the ones who have blocked it. But we also have problems with an assessment mission to Foah and Kefraya. They also did not have access, and that was because of the opposition groups," he said.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups.

    A US-Russia-brokered ceasefire came into force across Syria on February 27, but it does not apply to terrorist organizations active in the country, such as Nusra Front, which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia. Despite the ceasefire agreement, violence has escalated in Syria in recent weeks, especially in the northern Aleppo region.


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