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    UN Says the Damascus-Proposed Conditions for Aid Delivery to Northwest Syria Are ‘Unacceptable’

    UN Says the Damascus-Proposed Conditions for Aid Delivery to Northwest Syria Are ‘Unacceptable'

    (AP) — The United agency responsible for ovfanterseeing humanitarian aid has described conditions placed by the Syrian government on aid deliveries from to northwest as “unacceptable.”

    The future delivery of aid across Syria's northern border was thrown into question Tuesday after the U.N. Security Council was unable to agree on either of two competing proposals to extend the mandate for bringing aid from Turkey by way of the Bab al Hawa border crossing.

    Two days later, Syria's ambassador to the U.N. said Damascus would give voluntary permission for the U.N. to use the crossing for six months, on condition that aid delivery would be done “in full cooperation and coordination with the government,” that the U.N. would not communicate with “terrorist organizations” and their affiliates, and that the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent would run aid operations.

    In a letter sent to the Security Council on Friday, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press on Saturday, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA, said the Syrian proposal called two of those conditions “unacceptable” for carrying out “principled humanitarian operations.”

    The prohibition on communicating with groups considered “terrorist” by the Syrian government would prevent the U.N. and partner organizations distributing aid…

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