Syrian authorities agree on greater role for ICRC

Syrian authorities agree on greater role for ICRC - Interior Minister al-Shaar with President Kellenberger - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Khaled al-Hariri

Syrian authorities agree on greater role for ICRC - Interior Minister al-Shaar with President Kellenberger - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Khaled al-Hariri

Following a Damascus visit by ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger, Syrian authorities have agreed to an expended ICRC presence in the country.

"This means that we will have to rapidly build up our human resources and logistical capacity in Syria," said Mr Kellenberger in Damascus.

A procedure on how to trigger the humanitarian pause requested by the ICRC for areas affected by fighting was also agreed upon.

Procedures for visits to places of detention were also agreed upon and an ICRC visit to people held in Aleppo Central Prison should start soon.

During his discussions, President Kellenberger focused, as he had done on his previous vists to Syria, on the right of the wounded and the sick to have access to medical care and on the obligation of all involved in the violence to respect medical personnel, facilities and transports.

Here is a Reuters video report on President Kellenberger's visit.

Hicham Hassan is ICRC spokesman for the Middle and Near East. He explains how we will expend our humanitarian action in Syria in coming days.