25 Nov '11, 7pm

UN rights chief working with Arab League on Syria

UN rights chief working with Arab League on Syria

UNITED NATIONS: The UN's human rights chief is in contact with the Arab League over its efforts to end the deadly crackdown on protests in Syria, a UN spokesman said Friday. The League said Thursday it wants UN help in its showdown with President Bashar al-Assad, and diplomats said the League may want a UN contribution to an international observer mission that Syria is refusing to let in. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is "extremely concerned at the escalating crisis and mounting death toll in Syria" and is ready to help the Arab League, said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky, without giving details of what the Arab body is asking for. Nesirky told reporters however that the office of UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay "is in contact with the secretariat of the League of Arab States" over the request. Ban backs "the Arab League's proposal to send an observer mission to p...

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