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First group of UN observers arrive in Syria to monitor ceasefire
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Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:28AM
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A first group of UN observers has arrived in Syria to monitor a ceasefire that went into effect in the country on April 12.

According to a UN spokesman, six observers have arrived in the capital, Damascus, and are scheduled to begin work on Monday.

The six observers are the first group of 30 monitors that have been approved for the mission.

The remaining 24 members of the group are expected to arrive in Damascus in the coming days.

The ceasefire was part of a six-point peace plan proposed by UN-Arab League Kofi Annan in March.

On April 14, the UN Security Council passed its resolution 2042, authorizing the deployment of a team of up to 30 unarmed observers in Syria. However, the United Nations will seek approval for a larger group of about 250 observers under certain conditions.

Meanwhile, a Syrian military official, whose name was not mentioned in the news reports, said on Sunday, “Armed terrorist groups have intensified their attacks in a hysterical way against the army, law enforcement forces, and civilians, in conjunction with the approval of the UN Security Council resolution to send monitors to Syria.”

Security forces “will prevent the terrorist groups from continuing their criminal attacks,” the official added.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

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