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Western powers call for Syria aid air drops

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>> A call to the UN to air drop food into besieged towns in Syria. The US, UK, and France accusing the Syrian government of failing to respect the June 1st deadline for the widespread distribution of aid. Some did get through on Wednesday, the Red Cross delivering medicines, baby milk and other supplies to Darayya.
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But little food was included in the delivery and thousands are thought to be going hungry there and in places like it. Washington says it won't negotiate with Syria over such supplies, but is calling on Russia to use its influence.>> World food program has provided briefings to the United States on a series of approaches that could be taken, and we have discussed those with our Russian counterparts, including, I might add, in a phone call earlier this morning, between Secretary Kerry and foreign minister Lavrov.
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>> The UN Security Council set to meet Friday to discuss air drops. But even if there is agreement, it's unlikely to offer a long term solution. The UK says such an operation would be costly, complex, and dangerous. Meanwhile, the UN estimates there are 600,000 people going hungry in besieged towns.
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Feeding all of them will require ground access for regular aid convoys. Right now, that seems like a distant prospect.