UN monitors unable to resume task in Syria
The UN peace-keeping chief says the escalating conflict in Syria is preventing UN truce observers from resuming their mission.
Informed sources say Herve Ladsous told a closed meeting of the UN Security Council on Syria on Tuesday that it’s too dangerous for the UN monitors to resume their duties. The UN mission was suspended on June 16th.
But Ladsous said the UN observers are still engaged in limited monitoring activity.
He revealed that the Syrian government has barred the monitors from using satellite phones.
Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters that foreign minister Sergei Lavrov will attend a meeting on Syria that UN envoy Kofi Annan is trying to organize on Saturday in Geneva.
The United States is against Iran’s participation in the UN-mediated meeting, as Tehran has close relations with the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.
Jun. 26, 2012