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The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution co-authored by Australia condemning the Syrian government for starving its citizens and demanding both warring parties allow immediate access to millions of civilians in urgent need of aid.
After weeks of intense diplomacy led by Australia’s UN Ambassador, Gary Quinlan, and his counterparts from Jordan and Luxembourg, negotiators managed to secure the support of Syria’s ally Russia, which along with China had vetoed three previous resolutions.
To secure Russian and Chinese support negotiators softened the language of an earlier draft, removing the direct threat of sanctions from the resolution and a specific mention of the International Criminal Court.