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No solution for Syrian crisis but political one: UN humanitarian groups

English.news.cn   2013-03-18 17:59:46            

DAMASCUS, March 18 (Xinhua) -- About nine UN humanitarian groups currently active in Syria stressed Monday that there is no solution for the protracted crisis but the political one.

The solution lies in the dialogue between Syrians themselves, the groups said in a press conference held in the capital Damascus to mark the second anniversary of the Syrian conflict.

"No loser in this crisis but Syria," the groups said, noting that Syria is bleeding in its economy and social fabric.

Regarding the humanitarian situation, the groups noted that the situation "is so complicated... further deteriorating and posing unprecedented challenges to all humanitarian efforts in and outside Syria."

They underlined that the security issue is one of the main hurdles facing the humanitarian efforts, adding that about 18 UN staffers and Syrian Red Crescent volunteers have paid their lives due to the ongoing violence.

Targeting humanitarian volunteers is a "strike of criminality," they said, stressing that the UN will not succumb to such terrorism.

The groups revealed that there is an acute shortage of funding to the humanitarian work in Syria, noting that the international community is paying more attention to the political and military talks rather than the humanitarian ones.

"We are still unable to reach all the affected people in Syria, " they said.

Editor: Chen Zhi
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