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Respite to 9.3mn Syrians, UNSC agrees on humanitarian aid resolution

According to the United Nations, 9.3 million Syrians desperately need humanitarian aid and 6.8 million have fled their homes.

Zee Media Bureau/Supriya Jha

United Nations: In what might bring a much-awaited respite to the citizens of the war-stricken nation, the United Nations Security Council on Saturday unanimously adopted a resolution on Syria demanding that “unhindered” humanitarian aid must be accessible to all the Syrians in desperate need include those across the border.

In a first, Russia and China voted in favour of an Arab-Western backed resolution that demanded all parties, especially the Syrian government to "promptly allow rapid, safe and unhindered access of the humanitarian aid across conflict lines and across borders".

According to the United Nations, 9.3 million Syrians desperately need humanitarian aid and 6.8 million have fled their homes.

Though, the resolution calls for `further steps` if it was not implemented, however, no sanctions are threatened in the text agreed upon by all the sides in the UNSC.

According to the reports, Russia insisted that any reference to sanctions be removed from the resolution text, before it agreed on the resolution.

Russia, Syria`s main ally and China have earlier thrice vetoed resolutions demanding sanctions against Syria.

Condemning the use of barrel bombs, the resolution jointly drafted by Australia, Luxembourg and Jordan — calls for an end to attacks against the citizens across the country.

The text demands that both the warring sides must "cease depriving civilians of food and medicine indispensable to their survival."

The resolution was hailed by the US, with Secretary of State John Kerry calling it a “hinge-point” in the tortured three years of a Syria crisis bereft of hope, reported the Fox News.

“After three years of slaughter and savagery, people rightfully will question whether progress is possible, but this resolution holds the promise of something real,” Kerry added.

Also, US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power called for the implementation of the resolution, saying the resolution was "long overdue".

"The world now needs to stand united on behalf of implementation so that there are no more broken promises, no more delays, no more coupling minor concessions with cruel and shameless attacks on civilians," Power said.

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon also hailed the resolution, but he said that humanitarian access "is not something to be negotiated".

“Humanitarian assistance is not something to be negotiated; it is something to be allowed by virtue of international law,” he said.

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