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Poland tries to organise journalist's body be returned home from Syria

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Peter Gentle 27.02.2012 07:00
The Polish Embassy in Syria has taken over arrangements to transfer the body of US journalist Marie Colvin back home to New York, after she was killed in a rocket attack last Wednesday.

Marie Colvin: photo - EPA/Ivor Prickett/Sunday Times

“Our ambassador is in constant contact with the Syrian authorities and the Syrian Red Crescent,” said spokesman for the Polish Foreign Ministry Marcin Bosacki.

Poland is currently representing the US and EU in the Middle Eastern country after many nations pulled out their diplomatic staff as, what has become, a civil war intensifies.

Marie Colvin, 56, was reporting for the British Sunday Times newspaper when she was killed in the Homs neighbourhood of Baba Amr, after rockets crashed into a make-shift press centre in the rebel-held city.

She was killed alongside French journalist Remi Ochlik.

Edith Bouvier of France's Le Figaro and Patrick Conroy, a British photographer, were both seriously wounded in the attack.

Meanwhile, Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski will join his counterparts from other EU countries on Monday in Brussels, where further sanctions against Syria will be discussed.

The foreign ministers are thought to be considering adding a further seven Syrian regime members to a EU blacklist as well as forbidding EU countries allowing Syrian cargo planes to land at European airports.

Ministers are also expected to call for President Assad to resign and for the creation of a UN peacekeeping force to police the country while it transfers to a democracy.

The Syrian regime is expected to announce a vote of approval for constitutional changes today when it announces the result of a referendum held at the weekend.

Opponents have claimed the vote was a shame and advised Syrians not to take part in it.

At least 59 Syrian civilians and soldiers were killed yesterday alone. (pg/nh)

source: Polska the Times

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