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    Russia Regrets Some ISSG States Sending Letter to UNSC on Syria Aid

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    Russia regrets some ISSG members sending a letter to the UN SC on Syria humanitarian aid deliveries, a diplomatic source told Sputnik.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) – Russia regrets some members of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) sending a letter on Syria humanitarian aid deliveries to the UN Security Council, this was done behind the back of one of the co-chairs and may lead to a split in the ISSG humanitarian task force, a diplomatic source told Sputnik.

    Earlier in the day, the Reuters news agency reported that several ISSG members, including the United States, which is an ISSG co-chair, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and France, sent a letter demanding that the UN Security Council take action to ensure aid convoys reach the people in Syria, including in besieged areas.

    "Russia, as an ISSG co-chair, is extremely against the letter which was sent to the UN Security Council. We consider this approach counterproductive and regret the negative consequences to which this campaign will lead within the framework of the task force on humanitarian issues," the source said.

    According to the diplomat, Russia always supported the peaceful political resolution of the Syrian crisis and cooperated with the Syrian authorities on humanitarian issues, as well as topics of ceasefire and countering terrorism.

    "It is very sad that this letter was sent behind the back of one of the ISSG co-chairs, therefore violating the procedures which were adopted at the Munich and Vienna ISSG meetings. This letter runs counter to the spirit of the task force on humanitarian issues and creates an unhealthy atmosphere within the framework of the two ISSG groups. This may result in a split in the task force on humanitarian issues," the source added.

    The source added that on Monday, when the letter was sent, the head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the head of the Syrian mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN humanitarian coordinator in Syria held a briefing for the ISSG countries on the humanitarian situation on the ground. The officials stressed the readiness of the Syrian government to cooperate with international organizations to deliver aid to Syrians in need, the diplomat said.

    The war in Syria has raged for six years, leaving an estimated 13.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, including 6 million displaced inside the country, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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