Humanitarian access resolution adopted by UN Security CouncilListen /
Syria has been at civil war for the past three years during which time more than 100,000 people have been killed.
The UN says that more than 9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
The resolution, which was adopted unanimously by the 15-member Council, demands cross-border access to facilitate aid delivery and threatens to take “further steps” in the case of non-compliance.
The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon welcomed the resolution, but said it should not have been necessary, adding that humanitarian assistance was not something to be negotiated, but should "be allowed by virtue of international law."
He said it was profoundly shocking that "both sides are besieging civilians as a tactic of war."
Some 200,000 people are under siege in government-controlled areas and 45,000 in opposition-controlled areas.
The UN’s humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, said that "more than anything the conflict had to end "so that people can begin to rebuild their lives."
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations