Damascus (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Security Council to authorize a mission of
300 observers to verify the cease-fire. Meanwhile
there are reports of clashes and killings at Deir Ezzor, Homs,
In a letter to the Security Council, Ban Ki-moon calls for the deployment of 300 observers to monitor the situation for at least three months. In recent days, the first six observers arrived, reporting many violations of the cease-fire accepted by the government and opposition.
Ban said in the letter that "there are possibilities of progress" for the truce launched by April 12, but it is also clear that the cessation of hostilities "is incomplete". In any case, he points out that since the day the truce was enacted, the level of violence has decreased, as well as the number of victims.
Ban speaks of a violence "armed in all forms" - meaning even that of the rebels, but explicitly including Syria, which "has not yet observed all its obligations." He reaffirms that Damascus must pledge to withdraw its troops and their heavy weapons from the rebel cities and facilitate the mission of observers leaving them full freedom of movement and communication.
Yesterday, according to some witnesses, Syria prevented the first UN observers from going to Homs, the city that has suffered army bombardments for over a month. The Government justified the decision claiming it was for safety reasons.
Meanwhile news arrives from Deir Ezzor that the army has launched another attack today in which a civilian has died. Yesterday, according to the Observatory of Human Rights in Syria, close to the opposition, there were 30 other deaths.
Some NGOs claim that 16 civilians were killed in the province of Homs and six others in the Idlib. In the same area seven army soldiers were killed, two in Aleppo and an officer in Douma, near Damascus.
According to AsiaNews sources in Syria, said that "the Annan peace plan has already failed ... neither side wants to stop the violence. The war will last a long time" (see: 17/04/2012 As rebels and regime violate the ceasefire, Kofi Annan's plan collapses).