A Free Syrian Army fighter smokes a waterpipe while resting behind sandbags in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria February 22, 2014. Picture taken February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Syria said Sunday it is ready to cooperate with a rare UN Security Council resolution to allow humanitarian access, so long as it respects "state sovereignty".The Security Council, which has been sharply divided over the nearly three-year Syrian conflict, unanimously adopted resolution 2139 on Saturday, calling for humanitarian aid convoys to be allowed access across the war-torn country.Damascus said the resolution, which condemns terror attacks by Al-Qaeda-linked organisations, was an "admission" by the Security Council of the presence of "extremist Al-Qaeda-linked terrorism" in Syria.Syria's staunch ally Russia, with support from China, had blocked three previous resolutions aimed at pressuring the Damascus regime since March 2011 .The resolution is the second Security Council decision since Syria's war began.
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