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UN drafts resolution to send monitors to Syria


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UN drafts resolution to send monitors to Syria

International envoy Kofi Annan, on Thursday, called for a United Nations peace monitoring team to visit Syria just a day into a fragile ceasefire.

Annan told the Security Council he wanted to send an unarmed group as soon as possible. UN officials later drafted a resolution pledging to send up to 30 monitors.

Damascus has agreed to UN observers.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed
Thursday’s truce but insisted that Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad would have to step down.

“If it holds, a ceasefire is an important step but it represents just one element of the special envoy’s plan. The regime’s troops and tanks have not pulled back from population centres. And it remains to be seen if the regime will keep its pledge to permit peaceful demonstrations, open access for humanitarian aid and journalists, and begin a political transition,” said Clinton.

“We remain firmly resolved that the regime’s war against its own people must end for good and a political transition must begin. Assad will have to go and the Syrian people must be given the chance to chart their own future.”

Meanwhile Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin voiced Moscow’s approval to send monitors to Syria.

“We hope that even tomorrow we might adopt a Security Council resolution on the deployment of that advance group of monitors,” added Churkin.

The draft UN resolution also demands the Syrian government implement visibly its commitments in their entirety.

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