Sunday, April 15, 2012

Syria: UN Observers Arrive In Damascus

The first six UN military observers who will monitor a shaky cessation of hostilities in Syria have arrived in Damascus, just hours after Syrian forces reportedly shelled the city of Homs.

"They've arrived and they will start work tomorrow morning," Kieran Dwyer, a spokesman for the UN peacekeeping department, told AFP.

The six are the first of 30 monitors who were approved by the UN Security Council on Saturday.

"The other monitors in the advance party are still expected in Syria in coming days," Dwyer added.

The first group will set up a headquarters and prepare routines so the mission can verify that a cessation of hostilities, which started on Thursday, between President Bashar al Assad's forces and opposition fighters was holding. Read More