[QODLink]
Middle East

Russia blocks probe into Syrian refugee camps

Moscow and Beijing reject UN plans to inspect camps in Jordan, citing possible bid for "foreign intervention" in Syria.

Last Modified: 03 May 2013 18:11
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Jordan warned that the growing number of refugees was placing 'crushing weight' on the country [GALLO/GETTY]

Russia and China have rejected UN Security Council plans to inspect Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, citing it as a potential attempt to prepare for "foreign intervention" in Syria, where government forces are trying to crush a two-year-old uprising.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow and Beijing opposed the move on Friday, a day after 15 Security Council member nations discussed the possibility of sending a delegation to visit the camps.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) "is competent for [organising] visits of refugee camps that have been set by the UN, the Security Council has no competence for that," Lavrov said in Slovenia.

He added: "If there was an attempt to use the Syrian refugee situation to push forward some ideas about no-fly zones, then we and China might have seen in it an attempt to prepare a foreign intervention."

Jordan this week warned that the growing exodus of Syrian refugees who had flooded over its border to escape civil war -already more than 500,000 - was placing a "crushing weight" on the country.

The UNHCR has said the number of refugees in Jordan could reach 1.2 million by the end of the year - equivalent to one fifth of the Jordanian population.

There are also hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in other neighbouring countries including Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.

Moscow and Beijing, two close allies of Damascus, have vetoed a series of UN resolutions that threatened sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over alleged atrocities during the conflict.

254

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
Featured
Booming global trade in 50-million-year-old amber stones is lucrative, controversial, and extremely dangerous.
Legendary Native-American High Bird was trained in ancient warrior traditions, which he employed in World War II.
Hounded opposition figure says he's hoping for the best at sodomy appeal but prepared to return to prison.
Fears of rising Islamophobia and racial profiling after two soldiers killed in separate incidents.
Group's culture of summary justice is back in Northern Ireland's spotlight after new sexual assault accusations.