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Syria: UN monitors ask to meet Assad ahead of ceasefire

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Syria: UN monitors ask to meet Assad ahead of ceasefire

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United Nations war crimes investigators have asked to meet the Syrian President as a proposed ceasefire is due to begin.

A day before it starts during the Eid al Adha festival, opposition activists claim President Bashar al-Assad’s forces bombarded a Damascus suburb killing five people.

The team of investigators, led by Brazilian expert Paulo Pinheiro has been gathering evidence of crimes committed during the 19-month-conflict, but has been unable to enter the country.

“We think that it is important to speak with someone who is in charge and then we intend to go there without conditionality, but just to meet President Assad and to discuss the access of our commission to Syria,” Paulo Pinheiro said.

While some have been taking advantage of a calm period just ahead of the festival, many remain doubtful that the ceasefire will be accepted, monitored or enforced.