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UN peace observers in Syria reduced

07-25-2012 22:40 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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The UN peacekeeping chief says the situation in Syria remains the utmost concern of the UN Security Council while half of the UN observers have returned home.

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Herve Ladsous, is on a three-day mission in Syria to assess the escalating violence. He held talks with some government officials and also met the new head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria, Babacar Gaye, who just arrived in Damascus on Wednesday.

The arrival of the two UN officials comes as the Security Council’s latest resolution extended the observers’ mission for 30 days. Ladsous says about half of the UN observers have been sent home, noting that the mission is operating at a reduced pace and in reduced numbers.

He also pointed out the UN Security Council might reconsider prolonging the observers’ mission if the violence was alleviated and the use of heavy weapons was lessened.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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