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UN observers tour another hotspot in northern Syria

05-04-2012 18:03 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

DAMASCUS, May 4 (Xinhua) -- The head of UN observers, along with members of his team, toured Friday Syria's northern Idlib province, another hub of armed conflict in the country's 13-month unrest, a spokesman of UN monitors told Xinhua.

Maj-Gen Robert Mood met with the governor of Idlib, Yaser al- Shofi, as the rest of his team visited the Ma'arat al-Numan area in the suburb of Idlib.

No details were disclosed about the talks.

Meanwhile, a pro-government news website said that during the observers' visit to Ma'arat al-Numan, armed groups attacked an army checkpoint there, killing two army personnel -- one is a first lieutenant.

A day earlier, Mood visited two other hotspots in the Syrian crisis -- the central provinces of Hama and Homs.

Mood said that the cessation of violence is now "most urgent," urging both the government troops and the opposition forces to follow the UN-brokered six-point plan, which calls mainly for halting violence from all sides to pave the way for political settlement to the prolonged crisis.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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