UN says Syria hasn't let it into protest city Deraa

May 9, 2011 20:21


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UNITED NATIONS - Syria has not been granted a UN humanitarian mission access to the southern city of Deraa, where Syrian armed forces were deployed to crush anti-government protests, a UN spokesman said on Monday.

"The (UN) humanitarian assessment mission has not been able to get into Deraa," spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters. "We're trying to clarify why it hasn't had access, and we're also trying to get access to other areas of Syria."

Asked if the United Nations felt that Syria had reneged on a prior agreement to allow it into Deraa, Haq said: "We're trying to get the clarification as to why it hasn't gotten in. Let's see whether they can get in in the coming days."

During a telephone conversation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week, Syrian President Bashar Assad expressed a "willingness to consider such an assessment to Deraa," the UN press office said.

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