ICRC pressing for aid access in Syria

2012-04-03 12:01

Damascus - The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross is pressing Syrian authorities to allow aid workers greater access to detainees and civilians endangered by the country's conflict.

Jakob Kellenberger is to meet Syria's foreign, interior and health ministers on Tuesday as well as the head of the local Red Cross branch.

He says he is pushing for greater access to the sick, wounded and displaced, as well as for a two-hour daily halt to the fighting to allow aid access.

The UN says more than 9 000 people have been killed in Syria's year-old uprising against President Bashar Assad.

Diplomacy has failed to stop the violence.

On Monday, international envoy Kofi Annan said Syria has agreed to comply with his peace plan and observe a cease-fire by April 10.