#AceWorldNews – ALEPPO – May 21 – The Red Cross has begun a “major distribution” of emergency food supplies on both sides of the front lines in the Syrian city of Aleppo, said the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Reuters reports.
Peter Maurer of the (ICRC) stressed that this has become the first distribution “on that scale,” since October.
This comes after the Syrian government finally gave approval to the plan, submitted in January, this week.
A total 60,000 people will receive food aid.
#AceWorldNews – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he hopes formal talks with North Korea can be resumed as soon as possible, Reuters reports.
Abe said that talks between Japanese and North American affiliates from the Red Cross regarding the return from North Korea of the remains of Japanese, who died in WWII, was an important step in mending relations.
Formal talks between Tokyo and Pyongyang have been suspended since a December 2012 North Korea rocket launch, which it claims was done to put a weather satellite into orbit.
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#AceWorldNews says that North Korea has rebuffed a proposal from the South to hold Red Cross talks and debate the conditions that would permit regular reunions of families split up by the 1950-53 Korean War.
The North issued a message to South Korea Thursday declaring that it is not the correct atmosphere to hold such talks, according to Yonhap news agency.
That statement was likely in reference to ongoing military drills in the Asian Pacific.
Earlier this week, North Korea fired at least two SCUD missiles into the ocean as a way of flexing its military muscle in protest against South Korea’s annual military drills with the US.
Pyongyang has also made clear that it is unhappy with leaflets critical of leader Kim Jong-un that were dropped into the isolated nation.
#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.