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UN observers head to fragile Syria

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UN observers head to fragile Syria


United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Security Council’s decision to send observers to Syria to monitor the implementation of special envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan – a decision voted on unanimously.

“It is important that the whole international community, in accordance with the Security Council resolution, does all it can, in one voice, to help this cessation of violence continue,” he said.

The first of 30 unarmed observers should head to Syria today. Meanwhile Damascus continues to blame the situation on outside influences.

Syria’s ambassador to the UN, Bashar Ja’Afari: “The ball is now in the camp of those who are supporting the armed groups in Syria. These governments and parties should get involved in respecting the letter and the spirit of the six-point plan of Mr Kofi Annan.”

On the ground the ceasefire is barely holding.

Amateur video posted on Internet purported to show government forces shelling Homs on Friday while at least six people were reported killed on Saturday.

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