UN Security Council approves resolution on Syria aid access

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria. The US Ambassador to the UN called for "no more broken promises, delays or false concessions".

Hague: End 'barbaric' use of barrel bombs in Syria

The "barbaric" use of barrel bombs in Syria must end, William Hague has said after the UN Security Council backed a resolution calling for humanitarian access to Syria to help relieve the plight of civilians caught up in the crisis.

The resolution demands an end to indiscriminate aerial bombardment and the immediate lifting of sieges by both forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and the opposition.

This is a vital step towards ensuring that humanitarian aid reaches millions of Syrians in desperate need of help, including those who have been denied their basic human right to food and medical aid.

The adoption of this resolution, on the initiative of the UK and our close partners, sends a clear message that the Assad regime cannot be allowed to starve hundreds of thousands of its own people into submission.

We will not hesitate to return to the Security Council if the Assad regime fails to meet the demands in this resolution.

– Foreign Secretary William Hague

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US ambassador: 'No more broken promises' on Syria aid

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said adopting a resolution to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria "is the easy part" and called for "no more broken promises, delays or false concessions".

She wrote on Twitter:

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After 3 yrs & 130K+ Syrians killed, w/ 6.8M needing aid; after barrel bombs, torture, starvation & arbitrary detentions, UNSC finally spoke.

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Today’s unanimous #UNSC importantly demands that barrel bombing & forced starvation end & commits to acting in the face of non-compliance.

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Adopting this resolution is the easy part. Now must remain focused on implementation. No more broken promises, delays or false concessions.

UN Security Council votes to boost Syria aid access

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria

A man walks along a damaged street in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria, earlier this week.
A man walks along a damaged street in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria, earlier this week. Credit: REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Russia and China, who previously vetoed three resolutions condemning Syria's government and threatening it with possible, both voted in favor of the resolution.

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