UN Extends Authorization for Cross-border Aid Deliveries in Syria.

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The U.N. Security Council approved cross-border aid deliveries to Syria for another year Tuesday, despite some concerns from Russia. The renewed authorization will help the United Nations and its partners get life-saving aid to more than three million people in northern and southern parts of the war-torn country.

The resolution was adopted with a vote of 13 in favor and three abstentions - Russia, China and Bolivia. The Russian envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, said when the council mandated cross-border deliveries in 2014, it was intended as a temporary measure, implemented during a heightened phase of the armed conflict.

"Today the situation in the country has changed radically and the mechanism for cross-border deliveries remains a legacy of the past," he told council members. "We think it is important to gradually roll down this rudimentary scheme which has worked for Syria's division."

U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock welcomed the continuation of the measure in place since 2014, saying cross-border deliveries are a vital part of the humanitarian response in Syria, where 13 million people are in need of assistance.
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