Ban to tell UN Syria aid crisis is 'grave, deteriorating'

UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will tell the UN General Assembly later on Tuesday that Syria's humanitarian situation is "grave and deteriorating" and that the international aid response has been constrained by a lack of funding, his spokesman said.
Ban is due to brief the world body's 193 members on Syria's 17-month conflict along with the new UN-Arab League mediator, Lakhdar Brahimi, who took up the role on Saturday and described his bid to broker peace as "nearly impossible."
"The secretary-general will discuss recent developments and call for support for (Brahimi's) work," Ban's spokesman, Martin Nesirky, told reporters. "At the same time he will say that the humanitarian situation is grave and deteriorating both in Syria and in neighboring countries affected by the crisis."
"We are constrained by underfunding," Nesirky said. "The $180 million humanitarian response plan is only half-funded. He will also say that governments who have generously opened their borders and accepted their responsibility to shelter those who have sought refuge urgently need support."
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