Syria – Launch of an “emergency humanitarian initiative” for Aleppo by the EU (October 3, 2016)


France fully supports the EU’s emergency humanitarian initiative for Aleppo announced by High Representative Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Christos Stylianides. The civilian population of Aleppo is being targeted by the regime and its supporters – primarily Russia. The suffering being endured is unspeakable. Hospitals and humanitarian workers are being targeted. The needs are enormous.

Humanitarian assistance – food, water, medicines – must be urgently delivered to the populations in eastern Aleppo: The humanitarian convoy announced by the high representative should make it possible to reach 130,000 people. We call on Russia to take the appropriate measures to ensure that the obstacles to humanitarian access are removed. The evacuation of the injured and sick must also be allowed.