Democracy Now: Stalemate Continues over New U.N. Security Council Measure on Syria

The bombing follows days of clashes between government forces and rebels around Damascus and comes as the United Nations Security Council is set to vote today on a new measure responding to the overall crisis. Talks with Russia have faltered over whether to include a reference to Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter, which could ultimately pave the way for military force. Amidst the worsened fighting, John Ging of the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs issued a new appeal for aid.

John Ging: “We face a lot of obstacles in the efforts to meet the needs of the people. We face tremendous political obstruction from the government of Syria. We face an incredibly dangerous operational environment because of the conflict itself. And we face capacity issues among the organizations who are trying to scale up physically from no humanitarian or very little humanitarian operations to a massive humanitarian operation. We need more money. If we don’t get more money, people will die, and there will be more humanitarian suffering.”

~ by wheresthemic on July 18, 2012.

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