|Medics check body temperature of passengers upon their arrival by bus in Syria's Kurdish area from Iraqi Kurdistan via the Semalka border crossing in Syria on March 1. (Photo: AFP/VNA)
Vietnam welcomes recent progress in the security situation in Syria’s northwest, said Quy during a UN Security Council (UNSC) video conference on the humanitarian situation in the country on March 30.
However, he voiced concerns over the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in many parts of Syria and the country’s ability to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Quy showed interest in the UN’s plans to further support the political progress in Syria at this time and appreciated aid provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other humanitarian partners to Syria to contain the spread of the disease.
Besides, he also urged all concerned parties to ensure the transport of humanitarian goods across the region.
Speaking at the conference, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said 10 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Syria, including one death, adding this is "the tip of the iceberg" judging from other places and that the virus has the potential to have a devastating impact on vulnerable communities across the country.
Together with UN Special Envoy for Syria Gier Pederson, he reiterated calls for a complete and immediate nationwide ceasefire to enable an all-out effort to counter the march of the new coronavirus.
Other UNSC members also called for a sustained period of calm for COVID-19 relief efforts to take place across Syria and the smooth movement of humanitarian goods, including medical supplies, in the country.