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US restricts movements of Syria's UN ambassador

Published on Mar 6, 2014 5:53 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) is restricting the movement of Syria's United Nations (UN) ambassador, limiting him to a 40km radius around New York City, the State Department said on Wednesday.

Officials gave no explanation for the move against Mr Bashar Jaafari but US relations have deteriorated sharply with Damascus since Syrian President Bashar al-Assad led a crackdown against a pro-democracy uprising in 2011.

"We have delivered a diplomatic note to the permanent representative of the Syrian mission to the United Nations in New York informing him that he is restricted to a 25-mile (40 kilometer) travel radius," State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said.

The note was delivered at the end of February, she told reporters.

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