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Aid group chief says UN resolutions to boost humanitarian aid to Syrians have had 'no impact'

  • Jan Egeland, the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council and former U.N. humanitarian chief, left, meets with Syrian refugees at a camp in the town of Marej  in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Egeland, the head of the prominent humanitarian relief organization, told the Associated Press in an interview that UN Security Council resolutions seeking to boost humanitarian access to reach millions of Syrians in desperate need of help have had no effect. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Jan Egeland, the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council and former U.N. humanitarian chief, left, meets with Syrian refugees at a camp in the town of Marej in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Egeland, the head of the prominent humanitarian relief organization, told the Associated Press in an interview that UN Security Council resolutions seeking to boost humanitarian access to reach millions of Syrians in desperate need of help have had no effect. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jan Egeland, the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council and former U.N. humanitarian chief, holds a Syrian baby during his visit to a refugee camp in the town of Marej  in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Egeland, the head of the prominent humanitarian relief organization, told the Associated Press in an interview that UN Security Council resolutions seeking to boost humanitarian access to reach millions of Syrians in desperate need of help have had no effect. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Jan Egeland, the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council and former U.N. humanitarian chief, holds a Syrian baby during his visit to a refugee camp in the town of Marej in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Egeland, the head of the prominent humanitarian relief organization, told the Associated Press in an interview that UN Security Council resolutions seeking to boost humanitarian access to reach millions of Syrians in desperate need of help have had no effect. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jan Egeland, the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council and former U.N. humanitarian chief, walks between tents at a Syrian refugee camp in the town of Marej in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Egeland, the head of the prominent humanitarian relief organization, told the Associated Press in an interview that UN Security Council resolutions seeking to boost humanitarian access to reach millions of Syrians in desperate need of help have had no effect. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Jan Egeland, the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council and former U.N. humanitarian chief, walks between tents at a Syrian refugee camp in the town of Marej in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Egeland, the head of the prominent humanitarian relief organization, told the Associated Press in an interview that UN Security Council resolutions seeking to boost humanitarian access to reach millions of Syrians in desperate need of help have had no effect. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

The head of a prominent humanitarian organization says U.N. Security Council resolutions seeking to boost aid access to reach millions of Syrians in desperate need have had no effect.

The Security Council has passed three resolutions on humanitarian aid in Syria, including authorizing cross-border aid deliveries to Syrians in rebel-held areas without approval from Damascus.

Norwegian Refugee Council secretary general Jan Egeland says the resolutions "have had no impact" and the international community is "not able to do what we should be able to do."

He says: "We're failing the Syrians — that's the honest truth here. And the Security Council has failed in enforcing their own resolution."

Egeland served as U.N. humanitarian chief from 2003 to 2006.

He spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday.