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Russia pins hopes on UN Syria mission

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously ruled to boost the personnel of its observer mission in Syria, which went under way with the arrival of the advance party last Sunday, to 300. The mission is to last 90 days, and the deployment will start as soon as Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issues orders to this effect.

According to Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, the mission will include 4 Russian officers. Speaking on Saturday, he also reiterated Russia’s insistence that all the Syrian sides must comply with the latest Security Council resolution and Kofi Annan’s settlement plan for Syria. Mr Churkin called attention the fact that Russia was the main proponent of the resolution to deploy 300 peace monitors. He said he hoped the observer mission would bring forward stability in Syria.

Apr 21, 2012