“Friends of Syria” group want country to grant UN humanitarian access

24 February 2012

As the humanitarian and political crisis continues in Syria, representatives from 70 countries have gathered in Tunis for the first meeting of the Friends of Syria group.

They want Syria to allow UN humanitarian access to the country, so that civilians can receive medical and other aid.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent the head of the Department of Political Affairs, Lynn Pascoe to that meeting, as well as representatives from other UN agencies.  Mr. Pascoe says those attending the meeting are hoping to be able to get aid to those in Syria who need it most.

The UN estimated in January that 5,400 people had been killed and many more injured and displaced since the crackdown on pro-democracy protests began last March.

Julie Walker spoke with Mr. Pascoe from the meeting.

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