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UN official blasts lack of progress on Syria aid

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- - The U.N.'s humanitarian aid chief is sharply criticizing the Syrian government's lack of progress in allowing desperately needed aid to people in Syria, calling the regime's delays in withholding cross-border aid deliveries "arbitrary and unjustified."

Valerie Amos briefed the Security Council on Friday, her first such report since the council last month approved a resolution demanding immediate access everywhere in the war-ravaged country to deliver aid.

Council members said they will in the coming days and weeks discuss the "further steps" that the resolution threatens if its requirements are not met.

U.S. U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power called the briefing "harrowing" and said the Syrian government has "utterly failed to comply" with the resolution.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said 3.5 million people are estimated to need aid in hard-to-reach areas.

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