UN official calls for political solution to Syrian crisis

2013-03-15 21:21:14 GMT2013-03-16 05:21:14(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIRUT, March 15 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres on Friday called for quickly finding "a political solution for the Syrian crisis."

After an inspection tour to the UNHCR registration office in Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli, Guterres said the Syrian conflict destabilizes the region and the world, urging the international community to provide more support to the countries that are hosting the Syrian refugees.

The UN official reiterated his thanks for "Lebanon and its people for the generosity they have shown in hosting the refugees.

According to Guterres, about 3,000 Syrians fled their war-torn country on daily basis in December 2012, with 5,000 daily in January and 8,000 in February.

The UNHCR said in its latest report that the number of Syrians taking shelter in Lebanon has reached 336,000.

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