22 February, 2016 - Statement by Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake on the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement in Syria

"For Syria’s children, today’s agreement on the terms of a cessation of hostilities is welcome news after five years of brutal conflict.  Unicef welcomes this diplomatic progress.  Now it must be matched by action.

"Action to end the violence and destruction.  Action by all parties to the conflict to permit unlimited and unconditional access to reach all children and families with desperately needed humanitarian assistance, including food, water, vaccinations and medical supplies.  And action to permit children to return to school and a normal childhood.  

"If implemented, a cessation of hostilities represents an opportunity to begin the work of repairing a country that has suffered far too much for far too long – and to reach the children who are Syria’s future. "


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