SYRIA’S ASSAD URGES GREATER ‘COOPERATION’ ON AID

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DAMASCUS: President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) urged government bodies tasked with providing relief in war-torn Syria to increase “cooperation” with international and local organizations, state television reported. His statement came after United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon issued a report saying that foreign aid was still not reaching millions of needy Syrians despite a Security Council resolution in February calling for greater access. Ban’s report last week blamed both sides in the war but singled out the government for particular censure. “There is a need for greater cooperation between ministries and the bodies involved in humanitarian aid, and to deliver aid without delay, and to work on the ground with all the local and international stakeholders to make aid delivery smoother,” Assad said.

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