Joint Statement on the Situation in Aleppo

The special envoys for Syria from the Netherlands, the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Sweden, Denmark and Germany urge for a cease-fire in Aleppo and the access of humanitarian aid

Over the past few days the forces of the Assad regime – heavily reliant on Hezbollah fighters, Russia and Iran – have launched a military operation to gain control over eastern Aleppo. Many tens of thousands of people remain trapped and are deprived of access to humanitarian aid. Today, the situation is darker than it has been at any point over the past years.

With medical facilities destroyed, people have no access to the medical care they so desperately need.

The Opposition has agreed to implement the UN humanitarian plan for Aleppo and the UN stands ready to deliver aid. On behalf of our countries, we appeal to the regime and its supporters to immediately cease fire and provide humanitarian access for the people of eastern Aleppo. Protection of civilians should be guaranteed at all times.

Gareth Bayley
United Kingdom Special Representative for Syria

Niklas Kebbon
Sweden Special Representative for the Syria Crisis

Andreas Krueger
German Ambassador for the Negotiations on Syria

Ivan M. Nielsen
Denmark Special Envoy to the Syrian Opposition

Michael Ratney
The United States Special Envoy for Syria

Gerard Steeghs
The Netherlands Special Envoy for Syria

Robin Wettlaufer
Special Representative of Canada for Syria

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