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UN Syria Aid Resolution Possible in Days, Russia Says

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a U.N relief worker, right, gives aid supplies to a Palestinian woman, at the gate of the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp, on the southern edge of the Syrian capital Damascus, Feb. 4, 2014.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday a U.N. resolution on humanitarian aid access in Syria could be agreed in days if Security Council members do not try to “politicize” the issue, Interfax news agency reported.

Moscow criticized a Western-Arab draft resolution and proposed its own text as well as another one that would condemn acts of “terrorism” in civil war-torn Syria, saying it was ready for negotiations in the council.

“If nobody in the Security Council seeks to politicize this issue, to promote one-sided approaches, I am convinced we will be able to reach an agreement in the coming days,” Lavrov told a meeting of Gulf states in Kuwait, Interfax reported.

Russia has been the most prominent international supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a three-year-old conflict that an opposition monitoring group says has killed more than 136,000 people.

U.N. aid chief Valerie Amos has urged the Security Council to act to increase humanitarian access in Syria.

Moscow dismissed the Western-Arab text as an unjust attempt to put the blame solely on Damascus for the humanitarian crisis in Syria, where the United Nations say some 9.3 million people, or nearly half of the country's population, need help.