Guided by the foundations and the principles of
humanity which are the basis for mutual understanding and joint action,
believing in the right of access to humanitarian assistance as a basic
human right, motivated by our concern for the deteriorating social and
humanitarian situation in the country.
The humanitarian situation in Macedonia is gradually deteriorating. The number of persons displaced by conflict within the country is increasing, as is their need for shelter and basic humanitarian assistance. In part of the conflict-affected communities, there is a need of rehabilitation support in order to enable the process of return of internally displaced persons. Due to the conflict the number of communities who find themselves isolated and cut off from regular access to essential supplies is growing. In some communities chronical problems are now reaching emergency proportions. All over the country, the economic consequences of the crisis are being felt and the numbers of families turning to the State for humanitarian assistance grows daily. This complex humanitarian situation is worsening the current political and security situation within Macedonia.
There is an urgent need for substantial and rapid humanitarian
assistance that reflects the needs of the population.
Delays in providing basic humanitarian aid by the international
community and directly linking this assistance to the on-going political
negotiations in the country, are not contributing towards the mutual goal
- achieving peace.
We are opposed to any limitation placed upon the basic
needs of people and we call on all parties to respect human rights, including
the right to humanitarian aid, as the basis for a sustainable peace.
We are calling upon the international community,
the Government and the NGOs to support the peace, among other actions,
through strengthening the humanitarian assistance.