A freeze on fighting in some areas of Syria is a first step toward resolving the country's civil war and could be followed by humanitarian aid and political dialogue, says Staffan de Mistura, United Nations envoy for Syria. "I do have an action plan, and the action plan starts from the ground -- stop the fighting, reduce the violence," he says.
The United Nations Security Council could request cross-border access for delivering humanitarian aid into Syria. Separately, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq are asking for increased donor support to handle the influx of Syrian refugees into those countries.
EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is asking the United Nations Security Council to speed humanitarian aid access to those inside Syria. Georgieva wants a binding resolution passed by the Security Council.
The Syrian civil war is causing a resurgence in polio cases, with few doctors left to give vaccinations. If refugees are carrying the virus, there's a likelihood of the disease spreading. "This is not only a danger for the Syrians ... it is a danger for Lebanon and Jordan and Turkey and Egypt and the rest of the world because the refugees will bring it out," says Kristalina Georgieva, EU commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response.