» 07/21/2012, 00.00
UN renews monitoring mission in Syria
Security Council extends Syria observer mission for 30 days. In Damascus, military frees district from rebels who launch attacks in other areas.
(AsiaNews/Agencies) - The Security Council has unanimously voted to extend the
UN monitoring mission in Syria for a further 30 days, a day after a resolution
that sought to impose sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad's regime was
vetoed by China and Russia.
believe that it's the right thing to give that mission a final chance to be
able to fulfil its function," British UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said. However,
without a "cessation of use of heavy weapons" the mission cannot "carry out its
mandate," which is what happened in "the last 35 days".
300-member United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) is part of the
peace plan elaborated by Kofi Annan, UN and Arab League envoy.
plan called for a ceasefire between Syria's regular forces and rebels starting
on 10 April, the delivery of humanitarian aid to areas affected by the
fighting, talks between the regime and the opposition, the release of prisoners
detained arbitrarily, freedom of movement for journalists, freedom of
association and peaceful demonstration.
in Damascus, Syrian troops recaptured Midan
district, in the southern part of the city, but rebels attacked other areas of
activists say that tanks, helicopters and fighting have turned Damascus into a "battleground".
on Thursday left 302 people dead, the worst death toll since the start of the
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