UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, urged Russia to leave the control of the three humanitarian corridors created to free civilians from Aleppo, a besieged city in the north of the country, to the UN. The corridors were born upon Moscow’s initiative, supported by Damascus; Syrian President Bashar al Assad has also granted amnesty to all armed opponents who surrender and turn over their weapons. He also opened a fourth corridor for them north of Aleppo, towards the street Castle.
“We suggest Russians to leave the corridors decided on its own initiative to us. The UN and its humanitarian partners know what they have to do. I have experience,” de Mistura told reporters in Geneva. Russian military experts reached the Swiss capital on Friday, to meet with their US counterparts in order to discuss the situation in Syria; specifically, the two powers have compared their maps to outline the areas where there are terrorists in the country.
“In general, we are in favor of humanitarian corridors in the right circumstances,” de Mistura went on to say, adding that the UN has “studied” the Russian plan. UN envoy for Syria also reiterated the request made yesterday in New York by the number one of the UN humanitarian operations, Stephen O’Brien, “to activate 48-hour humanitarian truce to allow operations across borders and through the front lines” in Aleppo. “How can you expect people to be willing to use these corridors while there are bombings?” wondered the UN envoy at the end.