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UN Syria aid vote likely on Friday

Updated: 2014-02-21 07:07
By Agencies in New York ( China Daily)

The UN Security Council will likely vote on a draft resolution to boost humanitarian aid access in war-torn Syria on Friday, diplomats said, but whether Russia and China would support or veto the Western- and Arab-backed text was unclear.

Australia, Jordan and Luxembourg finalized the draft on Wednesday, which includes demands for cross-border aid access, an end to shelling and aerial bombardment - including barrel bombs - and threatens "further steps" in the event of noncompliance.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Russia would block the adoption of a resolution that allowed aid convoys to enter Syria without the consent of the Damascus government. He also warned earlier on Wednesday that the draft resolution should not be "politicized".

UN Syria aid vote likely on Friday