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UN official arrives in Syria

After refusing to allow her into the country, the UN emergency relief chief arrived in Syria on Wednesday, March 7, to assess the situation of villages suffering from weeks of government attacks. The UN’s Valerie Amos met with Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem; the visit lasted only 45 minutes. The United States and other countries have stepped up the pressure on the Syrian government to end the civil strife, which has plunged the country into a humanitarian crisis. In Washington, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reminded Syria of its pledge to “withdraw its forces, release political prisoners, permit peaceful protests and allow international journalists to do their jobs, which is to tell the truth.”

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