#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – November 04 – A column of 10 trucks carrying humanitarian aid, sent by Russia’s Emergencies Ministry, has reached Lugansk.
“Ten trucks have arrived in Lugansk, bringing 50 tons of medicines and fuel.
The convoy is starting to be unloaded,” said the deputy head of the National Emergencies Center, Oleg Voronov.
The regional government had ordered 100 tons of medicines to be brought as well as fuel, which is much needed in Donetsk and Lugansk.
This is the sixth convoy to have provided humanitarian aid, with thousands of tons of aid having already been delivered, including generators, drinking water and warm clothing.
Yesterday it was confirmed that a sixth load of Russian humanitarian aid is ready to be shipped to the suffering people of Ukraine’s Donbass region, according to Oleg Voronov, deputy head of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations.
The shipment will consist of over 100 tons of food and medical supplies and will be sent via 20 lorry trucks to Lugansk and Donetsk.
Source: Tass – RT – RIA Novosti
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 08 – King of Jordan Abdallah II will arrive with visit to Russia on April 9 at the invitation of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin press service said on Tuesday, April 8.
“During the top-level talks, the two sides will consider the most topical aspects of bilateral cooperation, in particular prospects for implementation of high-tech joint projects, including those in the atomic energy industry and military-technical area,” the press service said.
Program of the visit also envisions detailed exchange of views on regional security matter with the focus on recent developments in Syria and the Middle East settlement.
Russia and Jordan maintain regular political dialog, strengthen trade and economic relations, and expand Humanitarian exchanges.
#AceWorldNews says that the US has blocked the visit of the Russian delegation that comprises doctors to pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko in prison, said Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human-rights.
Yaroshenko is serving 20 years for an attempt for drug smuggling.
Russia is hoping to get the results of recent Yaroshenko’s medical examination.
The humanitarian acuteness of the pilot’s health situation persists, Dolgov said.
#AceWorldNews says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said the UN resolution on aid access in Syria can be agreed in “coming days,” Itar-Tass reported.
If the issue of humanitarian situation in Syria is not politicized, and one-sided approaches are not proposed in the UN Security Council, the document can be agreed, he said.
Moscow earlier criticized the Western-Arab draft resolution on the issue.
#AceWorldNews says following the end of round two of the peace talks in Geneva leaving it in deadlock, arguments over who is right still rage!
Whereby people are suffering as the Syrian government and opposition are still not honouring international humanitarian law, according to the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Negotiations have not yet resulted in “meaningful access or a firm commitment to respect the basic principles of international humanitarian law.
This pattern has again played out in Homs over the last week,” said ICRC President Peter Maurer on Saturday. This is despite the ongoing evacuations of Syrians under siege in Homs.
The deal to allow civilians to leave the city was initially regarded as an icebreaker. However, after the second six-day round of talks devoted to getting civilian out of the city, government and opposition remain deadlocked over other issues.
Maurer said that there were many other besieged cities beside Homs and that more than 1 million people were living in difficult conditions as a result.
“If humanitarian work is to be meaningful and effective, it must be supported by the parties [in the conflict],” Maurer said.
#AceWorldNews reports that Syria’s government is doing its best to improve humanitarian aid access, according to the `Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad’ on Friday.
UN aid chief Valerie Amos a day ago urged the UN Security Council to act to improve access in the country.
“While we have done our best and will continue to do our best, I think some of her statements were absolutely unacceptable,” Reuters quoted Mekdad as saying in Geneva.
Amos in many statements does not recognize that “there are terrorist organizations which are hindering the movement of goods and humanitarian assistance to many parts of Syria,” Mekdad said.
#AceWorldNews says Four US members of Congress – the last surviving members of Congress to have served in the Korean War – have sent a letter to the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, urging him to release Kenneth Bae, an imprisoned American missionary.
Bae has been held in captivity for more than a year after being sentenced to 15 years hard labour on a charge of trying to overthrow the state, Reuter’s reports.
You have done the right thing by releasing a fellow Korean War veteran, Merrill E. Newman. You would be making further progress on the humanitarian front by freeing Kenneth Bae,” the letter read.
#AceBreakingNews says Syria core talks to start on Monday – opposition
Core negotiations between the members of Syria’s government and the opposition are set to start on Monday, with Saturday only seeing preliminary consultations, says a spokesperson for the National Coalition. The delegations are going to discuss ceasefire possibilities, prisoners’ exchange and humanitarian aid delivery. UN-Arab League peace envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, is mediating the talks. In case of Geneva 2 failure, the Syrian opposition intends to call on the UN Security Council, demanding intervention, even to the extent of a military one.
#AceWorldNews says a senior UN humanitarian official warned on Thursday of the risk of genocide in Central African Republic. The country descended into chaos last year after a Muslim rebel coalition, Séléka, seized power. A wave of killings and looting in turn sparked revenge attacks by the “anti-balaka” Christian militia. The crisis was foreseen, avoidable and produced by the international community’s neglect over many years, Reuters quoted John Ging, director of operations for the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, as saying. Without a massive scaling up in the international response to the crisis, a genocide is possible, the official said.
#AceWorldNews says the top United Nations humanitarian official in Sudan today strongly condemned the killing of two Ministry of Health staff members who were part of a measles vaccination team in West Darfur.
“My deepest condolences go to the family and friends of those killed,” the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ali Al-Za’tari, said in a news release.
The victims in the attack, which reportedly took place on Monday, were a vaccinator and a driver.
“I call on all parties to ensure the protection of all personnel working to deliver assistance to populations in need throughout Sudan,” said Mr. Al-Za’tari.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are helping to ensure that every child in Sudan is getting vaccinated, whoever they are and wherever they live.
The nationwide measles vaccination campaign that began on 24 November is targeting about 15 million children, according to media reports.
Nov 29 2013 1:00PM
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