UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Valerie Amos, the UN under- secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, will visit Lebanon and Jordan to assess the refugee situation in the wake of the Syrian crisis, deputy UN spokesman Edward del Buey told reporters here Monday.
Amos will visit the countries from Monday to Wednesday to " assess the situation of the hundreds of thousands of people who have fled the violence in Syria and the humanitarian assistance being provided to them in neighboring countries," del Buey said at a daily briefing here.
The number of refugees in neighboring countries has doubled since September alone, and now stands at over 442,000, according to recent reports by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
Concerns over the growing refugee situation continue to mount, as winter approaches and the need for supplies increases, while the UN's Syria Humanitarian Response Plan remains underfunded.
The deputy spokesman said Amos is also planning high-level meetings with government officials in both capitals during her visit.
The talks will be aimed at exploring how the UN and its humanitarian partners "can best support the national efforts in addressing the needs of Syrian refugees and discuss the deteriorating humanitarian situation inside Syria and its impact on the region," said del Buey.
The conflict in Syria, which broke out in March 2011, now enters its 20th month, and there is little sign of reaching any resolution soon. The UN continues to stand firmly behind the necessity for a political solution.
"The secretary-general has stressed that the violence on both sides must end and that there must be a negotiated solution," said del Buey, adding "Those deemed responsible for human rights violations must be held accountable."