U.N. proposal would permit aid into Syria without Assad’s approval

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UNITED NATIONS — Australia, Luxembourg and Jordan are planning to circulate a U.N. Security Council resolution that diplomats say would authorize the delivery of humanitarian aid into Syria through four border crossings without approval from President Bashar Assad’s government.

Australia’s U.N. Ambassador Gary Quinlan told reporters after a council briefing Thursday on the humanitarian crisis that 90 percent of aid currently “goes to government-held areas,” and Syrians in opposition-controlled areas aren’t getting food and medicine.

He said the resolution will respond to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for council action, but he gave no details.

Diplomats familiar with the draft say it is under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter — which means it could be enforced militarily — and would authorize humanitarian access at three crossings from Turkey and one from Iraq.

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