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  • 13 March 2012 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 13 Mar 2012
  • 80,000 Syrians Take Refuge in Jordan VOA 13 Mar 2012 -- The Syrian government's assault on opposition strongholds is causing more and more people to flee the country. Neighboring countries such as Jordan are trying to help them, but the influx is straining limited resources.
  • Security Council Divided Amid Calls for Halt to Syrian Violence VOA 13 Mar 2012 -- The United States, Britain and Russia have each called for a halt to the violence in Syria, but the United Nations Security Council remains divided on how to resolve the crisis in the country.
  • U.S. Calls Syrian Parliamentary Vote Plans 'Ridiculous' RIA Novosti 13 Mar 2012 -- The United States does not take seriously a desicion by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to hold parliamentary elections in the country hit by flagrant violence, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Tuesday.
  • Arab League Chief Urges Probe into Civilian Deaths in Syria RIA Novosti 13 Mar 2012 -- Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi called on Tuesday for an international probe into civilian deaths in Syria, Arab media reported.
  • West Sees Need for Joint Syria Settlement - Lavrov RIA Novosti 13 Mar 2012 -- Western countries have begun realizing the necessity of joint efforts to settle the ongoing Syrian crisis, rather than blaming Russia for the current situation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.
  • Qatar Violates Agreements on Syria - Lavrov RIA Novosti 13 Mar 2012 -- Qatar's calls for a military solution to the Syrian crisis go against the principles of peaceful settlement agreed by Russia and the Arab League, the Russian Foreign Minister said on Tuesday.
  • UN-Arab League envoy awaiting Syrian response on proposals to end crisis UN News Centre 13 Mar 2012 -- The Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Kofi Annan, said he expects to hear back from Syrian authorities today on the proposals he put forward during his recent meetings in Damascus on ending the ongoing crisis in the country.
  • UN Envoy Expects Syrian Response VOA 13 Mar 2012 -- Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan says he expects the Syrian government to respond on Tuesday to his proposals to resolve the country's deadly violence from an on-going crackdown on dissent.
  • UN, governments to meet on regional strategy against Lord Resistance Army UN News Centre 13 Mar 2012 -- United Nations and government officials from central Africa will meet in Uganda next week to finalize a comprehensive regional strategy on combating the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), the rebel group that gained notoriety for its atrocities in Uganda, but which has in recent years extended its violence to neighbouring countries.
  • South Sudan: UN mission responds to new outbreak of violence in Jonglei state UN News Centre 13 Mar 2012 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan today said it has sent patrol units and a medical team to an area on the country's border with Ethiopia where unidentified raiders reportedly attacked several cattle camps occupied by members of the Lou Nuer ethnic group.
  • UN Western Sahara envoy to embark on regional visit in May UN News Centre 13 Mar 2012 -- The United Nations envoy for Western Sahara announced today following three days of informal talks with the parties that he will embark on a regional tour starting in mid-May, including an extensive visit to the disputed territory.
  • Taiwan reasserts sovereignty over Spratlys amid Philippines oil plans CNA 13 Mar 2012 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday reasserted Taiwan's sovereignty over the Spratly Islands, just days after the Philippines expressed the intention to invite investors to co-explore oil and gas in waters off the disputed archipelago.
  • CHAD: Alarm rung late, food running out IRIN 13 Mar 2012 -- Late Chadian government recognition of a food crisis, a slow build-up from aid agencies, and severe pipeline constraints due to closed Libyan and Nigerian borders mean food aid has not yet arrived in Chad, despite many thousands of people having already run out of food.
  • Islamic Jihad Confirms Ceasefire with Israel RIA Novosti 13 Mar 2012 -- The Palestinian armed group Islamic Jihad confirmed on Tuesday a Gaza ceasefire deal with Israel.

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