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UN humanitarian chief briefs Security Council on Syrian situation

03-14-2012 08:24 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

UNITED NATIONS, March 13 (Xinhua) -- UN emergency relief coordinator and under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Valerie Amos on Tuesday briefed the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria, which has been plunged into a political crisis since March 2011, a UN spokesman told reporters here.

Amos, who just returned from a two-day visit to Syria last week, "briefed the Security Council in closed session" on Tuesday morning, said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky at a daily news briefing.

But Nesirky offered no further details on the briefing to the 15-nation Security Council, which is discussing a U.S.-drafted resolution on Syria.

Amos on Monday called on the international community to "do everything" they can to stop the ongoing violence in Syria.

"People in Syria need our help: they want peace, security and stability so that they can get on with their lives," Amos said at a press conference here at the UN Headquarters in New York, adding "We must do everything we can to stop the violence and end the suffering of people caught in the climate."

Amos said the purpose of her Syria tour was to "seek agreement on arrangements that would enable humanitarian organizations to reach people in areas affected by intense fighting and violence."

She said she was "extremely concerned" of the whereabouts of the displaced by the shelling and other violence in Baba Amr where some 50,000 to 60,000 people used to live.

The government of Syria has said they "need more time" to consider her proposals on "unhindered access" by humanitarian organizations to assist people in need, she said.

According to Amos, a joint preliminary humanitarian assessment mission will take place towards the end of the week as a "minimal start". However, she noted, a robust and regular arrangement is need to allow humanitarian organizations unhindered access and time to assess humanitarian needs.

Local and foreign reports said al-Qaida fighters are sneaking from Iraq to Syria to join Sunni insurgents in their battle against the Damascus regime, which is dominated by a Shiite offshoot sect.

The Syrian government has accused some Arab and Western countries of providing weapons and financial support to armed groups in the country.

In claimed in December 2011 that "armed terrorist groups" had killed more than 2,000 army and security personnel during the unrest. The United Nations said recently that well over 7,500 people have died in the Syrian violence.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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