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UN teams tour restive Syrian cities


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UN teams tour restive Syrian cities

UN observers on Sunday toured restive towns around the Syrian capital, Damascus, as part of their mission to observe the government’s commitment to a ceasefire deal.

The delegation arrived three weeks ago under a deal brokered by international envoy Kofi Annan.

But rebel groups say they are doomed to fail because President Bashar Assad’s troops are continuing their crackdown on regime opponents.

Annan’s plan calls for an end to the violence to pave the way for democratic reforms.

But Syrian authorites point to Monday’s parliamentary elections as progress.

They will allow for the formation of political parties to compete with Assad’s Baath party for the first time.

The opposition has dissmissed the vote as neither free nor fair.

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