Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague arrives at a European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels February 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Francois Lenoir)
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In Homs, Syria's third-largest city, a population is being starved and bombed into surrender.This is the reality of the conflict in Syria.A regime that claims to be fighting terrorism is terrorizing its own people.Nationwide, 242,000 people are under siege, the vast majority held hostage by the regime.There are more than 2 million refugees in neighboring countries, including a staggering 1 million children, whose education and security have been stolen.Some aid has now got into Homs, during a three-day cease-fire over the weekend. It is unacceptable that the regime in Damascus is able to obstruct such desperately needed assistance.Fourth, the U.N. Security Council must now act. It should set out clear demands of the regime and insist they be implemented. The Security Council should require full and unimpeded humanitarian access, including to those areas being besieged by the regime.The Council has often been divided on the issue of Syria.
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