Syria defers bid for seat on UN Rights Council

UNITED NATIONS - Syria, engaged in a violent crackdown against anti-government protesters, on Wednesday dropped its bid for a seat this year on the top UN human rights body, Syrian and Kuwaiti envoys said.
Syria told a closed meeting of Asian UN members it had agreed to swap candidacies with Kuwait, which was slated to run for the Human Rights Council in 2013, and drop out of the 2011 race, Kuwait's UN Ambassador Mansour Ayyad Alotaibi said.
"We agreed to exchange terms. We are not running against Syria. Syria is not withdrawing," he told reporters.
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