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Syria voices readiness to receive UN humanitarian chief

(Xinhua)

14:39, March 02, 2012

DAMASCUS, March. 01 (Xinhua) -- Syria's foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi on Thursday voiced his country's readiness to consult with the UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos to set a new date for her visit.

Makdissi expressed regrets over Amos's belief that Syria has refused to receive her, referring to Syria's disapproval on her " untimely" visit request on Wednesday.

In a statement, Amos said she was "deeply disappointed" that she had not been granted a visit to Syria which she repeated requested.

Meanwhile, Makdissi said the ministry had previously welcomed Amos' visit and is ready to discuss Amos' mission and cooperate with her.

He said Syria, however, was surprised by Amos' arrival in the region and her request to visit Syria at a date that was " inappropriate for us."

The spokesman said Syria is "ready to continue consultations with Amos over the suitable date for both sides."

Meanwhile, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution Thursday, which "strongly condemns the continued, widespread and systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian authorities."

The resolution also expressed "strong concerns at the humanitarian situation in Syria."

The UNHRC voted 37-3 in favor of the resolution proposed by Turkey, with three abstentions.

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