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Associated Press Modified: November 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm •  Published: November 27, 2012
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His visit came as a U.N. committee overwhelmingly approved a resolution strongly condemning "gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms" by Syrian authorities and government-controlled militias.

According to activists, some 40,000 people have been killed since March 2011 in Syria's conflict.

Neighboring Turkey, fearing a spillover of the civil war, has said a delegation of Turkish and NATO officials will start surveying sites for the possible deployment of Patriot missiles on its border with Syria.

Al Mokdad expressed concern about that possibility, saying his government hopes there is no act of "provocation on the part of Turkey or NATO."