Syria allows UN Deputy Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs to visit Damascus
UN Deputy Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said on Monday that the government of Syria, where there is a fighting between the army and the rebels gave her permission to visit the country, despite the fact that they had previously refused to do so, RIA Novosti reported.
Amos will arrive in Damascus on Wednesday, March 7, and leave it in two days, Reuters reports.
"As the UN Secretary General requested (Ban Ki-moon), the purpose of my visit is call for all parties to ensure unhindered access of humanitarian workers so they could evacuate people and deliver the essentials," Amos said.
According to the Syrian media, Amos, who was denied a visit to Damascus last Wednesday, will meet with Syrian Foreign Minister and head of the Syrian Mission of the humanitarian organization of the Red Cross.
Amos said last Wednesday that the Syrian authorities have not given her the green light to enter the country.
Anti-government protests, which began in mid-March, continue in Syria for already ten months. Daily reports are received about death of people - both civilians and security forces. According to the UN statistics, the total number of victims in the country exceeds 7,5 thousand people. The Syrian authorities accuse armed militants of the clashes, who receive assistance from neighboring countries.