With the ongoing fighting and tensions going on in Syria, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on March 2 asked the Syrian government to allow aid for those in desperate need.
“I’m extremely disappointed that the U.N. emergency relief coordinator Miss Valerie Amos has not been able to travel to Syria despite repeated assurances. I once again urge the authorities to allow her to visit as soon as possible so that humanitarian relief workers can reach the many thousands of people who desperately need assistance,” Ki-moon said during a press conference. “…Ladies and Gentleman the Syrian Government has failed to deliver on its responsibility to protect its people. Civilian populations are under military assault in several cities. The disproportionate use of force by Syrian authorities has driven what had been largely peaceful opposition forces to resort to take up arms in some cases. But let us be clear the opposition’s fire power appears to be minimal compared to the heavy weapons being used by the Syrian army.”
Watch a video of Ki-moon’s speech released by the BBC here.