No consensus on visiting Syrian refugee camps in Jordan

06/05/2013
No consensus on visiting Syrian refugee camps in Jordan

The United Nations Security Council has failed to reach a consensus on a Jordanian proposal to send a delegation to inspect the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, the President of the United Nations Security Council announced Monday.

Togo's U.N. envoy Kodjo Menan (photo), president of the Security Council for May, said "after the discussions today I am not able to say that a consensus has been reached," Menan said. "Two countries are against".

The council, he said, is going to explore all options because "it would be a shame if we were unable to give a positive response".

During the discussions, Russia suggested any UN delegation could also visit the Palestinian Territories, an idea rejected by the U.S. The meeting also discussed whether it should send officials to visit Turkey and Lebanon, which also host many Syrian refugees.

Earlier this week, the Kingdom warned that the growing influx of Syrian refugees was placing a "crushing weight" on the country.

Last Friday, Jordan asked for a special meeting of the council to address the repercussions of the exodus of the Syrian refugees on the security and stability of the Kingdom.

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