U.N. Syria envoy presses for speedy Aleppo aid delivery

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 27, 2016 10:43 AM

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria called for all warring sides to agree by Sunday on a green light for a first safe delivery of relief supplies to the divided city of Aleppo.

Staffan de Mistura said in a statement on Saturday that for logistical and operational reasons the first convoy must go via the Castello Road during a 48-hour humanitarian pause, although he was aware of rebel opposition to using that government-controlled route.

"The Special Envoy calls for all concerned to exert every effort so that, by this Sunday, 28 August 2016, we know where we stand," de Mistura said.

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(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by David Clarke)