Mood: UN Observers Can’t Stop Syria Violence (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/18/12)
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The commander of the UN observer team in Syria said, on Friday, no
number of observers would be able to achieve an end to violence.
Norwegian team leader Maj. Gen. Robert Mood told reporters that only
dialogue could lead to a cessation of 14-months of violence.
Speaking at a news conference in Damascus, Mood called for an
immediate implementation of the UN-brokered ceasefire that was to go
into effect in April.
Only then, he said, could the observer force aid in building trust
between the parties as they pursue a peaceful resolution.
More than 200 observers of Mood´s planned 300 strong observer force
are currently deployed in various towns and cities around Syria to
monitor a theoretical ceasefire.
The cease-fire was to be the first step in a six-point plan brokered
by UN envoy Kofi Annan, but violations are reported by both sides
Earlier this week, a group of UN observers came under fire when
forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad opened fire on a
They were reportedly hidden by members of the rebel Syrian Free Army
overnight until they could be recovered by Mood´s command group.
Previously, a convoy in which Mood was travelling was targeted by a
roadside bomb. He was unhurt, but ten security personnel accompanying
him were wounded.
Reports of war crimes by Assad´s forces – including the systemic
kidnapping, rape, torture, and mass summary execution of dissidents
and rebels – have become commonplace.
UN Human Rights officials, who say there is ample evidence to try
Assad for war crimes, maintain at least 9,100 people have been killed
in the regime’s brutal crackdown on Syria´s Arab Spring uprising.
However, officials also say they stopped counting the dead months ago
due to the pervasive chaos in the country.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than
12,000 have been killed, most of them civilians – at least 900 since
the April ceasefire deadline passed. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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