Syria: UN and health organisations call for ceasefire to deal with polio threat ~ Ian Black, Middle East editor, theguardian.com.
Save the Children appeals to warring sides to respect ‘vaccination ceasefires’ after outbreak in east of country.
Syria‘s government and rebels were urged on Tuesday to respect “vaccination ceasefires” and permit access to hundreds of thousands ofchildren threatened by an outbreak of polio – another sign of the mounting cost of the country’s conflict.
The call came as prospects for peace talks receded yet again. The UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, was said after talks in Damascus to be resigned to postponing the long-awaited Geneva II conference from next month to January.
Save the Children issued the ceasefire appeal after the World Health Organisation and the Damascus government confirmed an outbreak of the highly contagious disease in eastern Syria, the first for 14 years.
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