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UN expected to vote Monday to speed aid to Syria

Updated Friday, July 11, 2014 | 6:34 p.m.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Sponsors of a U.N. resolution that would authorize cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians in desperate need of food and medicine finalized the text ahead of a Security Council vote expected on Monday.

The final draft, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, would authorize U.N. agencies and aid organizations that assist them to use routes across conflict lines and four border crossings — two in Turkey, one in Iraq and one in Jordan — in addition to those already in use to ensure the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

It would also authorize the United Nations to monitor the loading of all humanitarian aid shipments.

U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told the council recently that using the four crossings could reach approximately 1.3 million people who have not received aid.