According to Stephen O’Brien, UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief, as the truce is being sustained in Syria and the political process implemented, the UN can optimistically look at the situation in the country.
Moreover, the UN finally acknowledged that the situation in Aleppo improved greatly after the army gained control over the city.
O’Brien added that expectations are placed on a political solution to the crisis. The UN stressed that, due to the Astana talks, the parties that fought each other for six years, came to the negotiating table for the first time.
Peculiar is that the UN acknowledged the real changes in the country only now. Before that, the organization criticized the Syrian government and its allies. The appointment of new Secretary General seems to have changed the attitude towards the situation. Moreover, if UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is removed from office, chances for a peace settlement may increase greatly.