A group of 73 Syria-based aid agencies have issued a joint statement declaring that they are suspending all cooperation with both the UN and all of their partners, including the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. They accused the UN of “complacency” in aid delivery disputes.
There have been ongoing disputes surrounding where and when aid deliveries would be made, and the letter claimed that the Syrian government is exploiting the situation to limit aid to certain rebel areas when it serves military objectives, and that the UN is letting it happen.
In addition to announcing their termination of cooperation, the letter called for an immediate, transparent investigation into the “political impact that the Syrian government has on humanitarian actors.” Several of the groups withdrawing are primarily delivering aid in rebel areas.
The UN, in their response, praised the “tremendous work” of their humanitarian efforts, and vowed to continue both operating within Syria without the 73 partners, and to continue to improve efforts to deliver aid, saying they “welcome any public scrutiny.”
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