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UNSC to consider new Syria office‎

08-16-2012 22:35 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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The UN Security Council will debate whether to establish a new civilian office to support UN and Arab League efforts to end the 18-month conflict in Syria, as the UN military observer mission comes to an end Sunday.

There are 110 UN observers in Syria, mainly in Damascus. The Security Council had set two conditions for possibly extending their missions, namely a halt to the government’s use of heavy weapons and a significant reduction in violence. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said neither condition was met and Syria now risks "a descent into a full-scale civil war." But Ban also stressed it’s imperative for the UN to have a presence in Syria to mediate and facilitate a peaceful resolution to the crisis. Ban proposed the UN to establish an effective and flexible UN presence in Syria that would support its efforts to end hostilities.

France’s UN Ambassador Gerard Araud, the current Security Council president, said members will be discussing the observer mission and Ban’s proposal at a closed meeting. The UN also said that it is expediting the selection of a successor to Kofi Annan, who announced last month to resign as the UN-Arab joint envoy on Aug. 31.


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