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.
– Foreign Secretary William Hague
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.