Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem (R) meets United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Director Anthony Lake in Damascus March 12, 2014, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA
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Syria's government has promised greater access for aid groups supporting millions of Syrians, but faster progress is needed to tackle a dire humanitarian crisis, the head of the United Nations children's agency said on Friday.In a rare display of unity over Syria, the U.N. Security Council last month called unanimously for greater aid access in Syria, including a demand for cross-border access which Damascus has resisted because it has lost control of some border regions.Lake gave no details, but aid workers said Syria had offered to let relief goods pass through Turkey's Nusaybin crossing into northeastern Syria, a Kurdish region which has assumed a degree of autonomy but where Assad's security forces are still present.As Syria's devastating conflict enters its fourth year, more than 2.5 million Syrians are living as refugees in neighbouring countries and another 6.5 million are displaced internally.
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