U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos speaks on Yemen, Syria crises
Monday, 1 June 2015
U.N. undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief, Valerie Amos, who resigned from her job earlier this week, spoke in a final interview with Al Arabiya about the continuing crises in the Middle East.
The situation in Syria “continues to be devastating for millions of people with its impact on neighboring countries, on Lebanon, on Turkey, on Jordan and other countries in the region,” she said.
In her interview, with Al Arabiya News Channel's New York bureau chief Talal al-Haj, Vamos reflected of her time in her role as the U.N.’s top humanitarian official.
“I have seen in the time that I have been in this job a world which is very different in 2015 to the world that I came into in 2010,” Vamos said.
“My big regret of course is that in the time that I have been at the United Nations that we have seen more and more of these conflicts, more and people affected,” she added, noting that the world has also “seen greater and greater violations of international humanitarian law.”
Diplomatic Avenue is beamed live every month from Al Arabiya’s studios in the United Nations. Presented by Talal al-Haj, the show features interviews with high-level diplomats and decision makers, with video reports focusing on recent diplomatic developments and pressing issues. The program casts a critical eye over the work of the U.N. and its agencies, not only on the political front, but also on the humanitarian, cultural and scientific levels. The show gives its audience an insight into what goes on within the halls and corridors of the U.N., with a special emphasis on issues that matter to the Arab and Islamic worlds.