UN resolution on Syrian humanitarian aid "positive"

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A leading figure of Syrian domestically-based oppositional National Coordination Body (NCB), said Saturday that the recent UN resolution to facilitate humanitarian access to all Syrian cities is "positive" and could be conducive to bringing the violence in the country to an end.

Speaking to Xinhua, Hasan Abdul-Azim, the head of the NCB, said "the resolution that has been unanimously adopted today in the (UN) Security Council is positive and could result in bringing the violence and the ongoing battles to a halt and pave the way to build the trust needed to reach a transitional governing body."

The UN Security Council on Saturday adopted a new resolution, which demands "rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access" of UN humanitarian aid in war-torn Syria, where armed conflict has been going on for nearly three years.

"The Security Council demands that all parties, in particular the Syrian authorities, promptly allow rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access for UN humanitarian agencies and their implementing partners, including across conflict lines and across borders, in order to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches people in need through the most direct routes," the resolution said.

Meanwhile, Abdul-Azim said "the decision constitutes a gradual process to halt all kinds of violence by facilitating the flow of aid rations to the besieged areas and it also paves the way for the success of the Geneva II conference."

He said the resolution doesn't harm any party as it has been adopted without the threats of sanctions, noting that "the resolution serves the interests of the Syrian people."

Syria's three-year-old conflict has left more than 100,000 people killed, and 9.3 million people within Syria and more than two million others outside the country in need of humanitarian assistance, according to recent statistics by the UN and some humanitarian organizations.

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