UN Peacekeeping Chief: Syrian Government, Opposition Groups Must Stop Cease-Fire Violations

Both Syrian government forces and Opposition groups are behind the continued violations of the UN backed truce, says the head of the world body’s peacekeeping operations Herve Ladsous.

Both Syrian government forces and Opposition groups are behind the continued violations of the UN backed truce, says the head of the world body’s peacekeeping operations Herve Ladsous.

“The violations that are observed come from both sides,” Ladsous said in a press conference Tuesday.

Ladsous says observers continue to report the presence of Syrian military armored personnel carriers, Howitzer artillery pieces and other equipment. He says Syrian officials contend the armored personnel carriers have been disarmed but that those claims have yet to be verified.

The UN peacekeeping chief says the mission is still too small to accurately determine the “ratio” of attacks attributed to either sides but expects monitors will be able to provide a fuller assessment once the mission expands in the coming weeks.

“ I think that perhaps now is not the time since we still have a limited number of observers in a limited amount of localities.” he said.” I fully expect this number to increase rapidly over the next two weeks.”

While the UN Security Council approved the deployment of 300 unarmed military observers to Syria for 90 days more than a week ago, UN member states have only so far provided half of the requested personnel.

“We have 150 solid commitments which are already being processed…but we need more from member states, that is clear.”

Only 24 of the peacekeepers committed to the mission are currently in Syria, including members of an initial advance team that deployed April 15.

Syrian officials have repeatedly said they would reserve the right to refuse entry to peacekeepers from countries viewed as hostile to Damascus, a provision that has complicated deployment.

Ladsous said he was aware of at least three instances where visa’s for UN military observers were rejected by Syria officials because the individuals were from countries that participated in the “Friends of Syria” meetings.

Ladsous also said that required training and briefings for peacekeepers would impact the speed of deployment but that he was nevertheless confident the mission could reach its full operational strength by the end of May.

While the mission’s numbers are currently small, Ladsous says observers are already having had an “effective”  impact on the ground.

“Their presence has the potential to change the political dynamics, they help build calm and calm helps with process that Mr. Annan is doing.” he said “The mission has more teams of observers already staying in five locations The capital city Damascus, Homs, Hama, Dar’a and Idlib. In each of these places they reach out to all the parties and they conduct regularly mobile patrols.”

Tags: , , , , ,

About TRNS Washington Desk

View all posts by TRNS Washington Desk
TRNS Washington Desk
News updates from on and around Capitol Hill.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Wednesday, July 1

● Court affirms Apple e-book price-fixing decision

● Chemical warfare test subjects are entitled to Army care

● Judge dismisses suit against Catholic hospital

● Making Chad whole again

● Crop outlook: More soybeans, less corn

● Cardiac arrest survival depends on location

Interview: Trans-Awareness Group Blocks Traffic In Front Of White House

Trangender flag

“The president does not need to use the dysfunctional and costly and definitely unnecessary detention of LGBT people who we know cannot be protect by DHS,” Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez told TRNS.

Bon Jovi Gave Christie Permission To Use His Music

“My friendships are apolitical,” Bon Jovi said. “I absolutely gave him permission to use my songs.”

Bobby Jindal Sued For Marriage Executive Order

The order protects individuals or businesses who oppose same-sex marriage for religious reasons from government action.

Anti-Climb Fence Modification To Begin At White House

The anti-climb feature will consist of sharp metal points throughout the fence and will be used temporarily while a long term solution is implemented.

Obama: America Needs Export-Import Bank

“Congress is taking a step backward,” said President Barack Obama in an op-ed for the Boston Globe.