Italy has urged all sides of the Syrian conflict to ensure safe and prompt passage of humanitarian aid without any obstacles.
The Italian minister of foreign affairs Federica Mogerena said in a statement Saturday that she supports the call by the international movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent to allow the movement of humanitarian organisations in Syria and protect their staff. She also urged all parties to the conflict to respect the basic principles of the Geneva agreements and international law, and to ensure protection for those working in the health sector.
The statement, as quoted by Anadolu, added that the Italian minister believes that the Red Crescent has paid a heavy price in Syria with the death of dozens of its volunteers, despite its independence and transparency.
She emphasised on the need for ensuring access to the needy population to distribute aid and provide medical care for the wounded, as well as the need for establishing "humanitarian corridors."