Statement: Geneva Talks Have Once Again Let Down Syria's Children

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WESTPORT, Conn. (February 15, 2014) — "The failure to secure a breakthrough at the Geneva talks means the children of Syria have once again been let down," said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children.

Miles continued: "The disaster that continues to unfold across Syria is unacceptable, with thousands of families in desperate need of aid. As the Geneva process stalls all eyes must now turn to New York and to the United Nations Security Council, which must live up to its responsibilities and immediately pass a resolution to allow full and unfettered access to aid inside Syria. Aid must be allowed to cross conflict lines, enter besieged areas during humanitarian pauses, and cross borders where this is the most efficient route. Syria’s children cannot wait any longer."

Background:
Since the adoption of the presidential statement, which was agreed by Security Council members last October, the death toll has increased by 36 percent (from 100,000 to a conservative estimate of 136,000, including 11,000 children). According to UN sources, refugee numbers have also risen by almost 14 percent (from 2.2 million to nearly 2.5 million), while internally displaced persons have dramatically increased by almost 55 percent (from 4.2 million to 6.5 million). Inside Syria, there are almost 9.3 million in need of humanitarian assistance with almost 250,000 living in besieged areas and a further 2.5 million in areas rarely accessed by humanitarian workers.

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