Head of UN Mission: Only Syrians Can Achieve Peace (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/30/12)
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The head of the UN observer mission to Syria warned on Sunday that
even 1,000 unarmed observers could not end the violence in the
country on their own.
Arriving in Damascus, Maj. Gen. Robert Mood urged all sides to cease
fighting and said peace must be a joint effort, according to a BBC
Mood will be followed by another 30 observers in the coming days,
doubling the size of the mission. The UN has approved up to 300
“Ten unarmed observers, 30 unarmed observers, 300 unarmed observers,
even a thousand unarmed observers cannot solve all the problems,”
Mood was quoted by the BBC as having told reporters as he arrived at
“To achieve the success of Kofi Annan´s six-point plan, I call on all
to stop the violence and to help us on a continued cessation of armed
violence in all its forms,” he added.
The so-called “truce” that allegedly began April 12, as part of
Annan’s plan, has been largely ignored by both sides. The government,
which was to withdraw its military hardware and forces from
residential neighborhoods and other populated areas, has done
neither. The rebels have likewise continued their ambushes on
Nearly 10,000 civilians have died in the uprising that began in March
2011, according to human rights organizations and some estimates by
The violence continued on Sunday, the BBC reported, with activists
saying that at least 25 people were killed across the country. The
activists said that at least 500 people have died since the ceasefire
They added that shelling continued in several provinces, and that two
people were killed by snipers in the city of Homs. Violence in Homs,
a hotspot in the uprising against President Bashar Assad, has fallen
after two UN observers were permanently stationed there two weeks ago.
Mood said, according to the BBC report, that the ceasefire could only
work with the support of the forces on the ground.
“It´s absolutely necessary to understand that this a joint effort,”
he said. “The most important element is the Syrians themselves, the
rights, the aspirations of the Syrian people. Then we have the
observers on the ground - unarmed, representing the will of the
international community, the will of the UN to be there with them.
Then you have the political element between states in the region, and
we have the diplomatic level on top.
“To reach a positive way forward, and we have that choice, all these
elements have to play together.”
On Friday, Syria´s exiled Muslim Brotherhood urged UN Secretary-
General Ban Ki-moon to acknowledge that Damascus had failed to honor
Annan’s peace plan and to suspend its UN membership until a
transitional government representing the Syrian people is formed.
“We ask Ban Ki-moon to announce that Assad´s government has failed to
honor the peace plan and to declare the plan finished... at a time
when dozens of innocent people are dying,” the group said in a
statement issued in Britain.
On Thursday, Ban demanded that the Syrian government immediately
comply with its commitment to withdraw troops and heavy weapons from
cities and towns.
Also on Thursday, Turkish and French officials said they were mulling
a potential military intervention in Syria if the violence continues.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/30/12)
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