Britain hails UN Syria monitors

2012-04-14 22:40

London - Britain welcomed Saturday's unanimous UN Security Council resolution to send military monitors to Syria, calling it a "vital step in supporting the fragile ceasefire".

The Council passed its first resolution on the Syria crisis, allowing an advance party of unarmed monitors to go to the country on the brink of civil war.

Welcoming the unanimous endorsement, Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement: "This mission is a vital step in supporting the fragile ceasefire in Syria.

"It is essential that it begins its work urgently and without impediment. I urge all parties to maintain the ceasefire to allow the monitoring mission to deploy and complete its task.

"The Syrian government must ensure that the monitoring team has freedom of movement and access, and it must not obstruct communication between the monitors and headquarters."

UN Resolution 2042 approved the first 30 unarmed military monitors, who UN officials said could leave for Damascus within hours. A new resolution with a full mandate will be required for a monitoring mission of more than 200 observers.

Saturday's resolution also calls upon the Syrian government to "implement visibly" all commitments under special envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan - including the withdrawal of all troops and heavy guns from Syrian cities.

"It is also essential that there are guarantees from the parties on security, without prejudice to the mission's freedom of movement," Hague said.

"These conditions are set out in today's UNSC resolution, and we will hold the Syrian regime to it and to Kofi Annan's six-point plan.

"I again urge the Syrian regime to comply with Kofi Annan's plan in full. It must stop troop movements towards population centres; end the use of heavy weapons in civilian areas; and withdraw the military to their barracks."

He said failure to act would result in further international pressure on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Britain is one of the five permanent, veto-holding members of the UNSC.

  • Marc - 2012-04-15 01:57


      Fred - 2012-04-15 03:45

      Agreed. What a massive leadership void in the freer world. This should never have been allowed to happen.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-15 05:09

    The killing and the suffering of the Syrian people will not stop untill this assad family is gone. This dictator still believes that this "little uprising" will blow over, like every revolt did in the last 46 years. But like in Tunesia, Egypt and than Libya, this tyrant for once pushed ,his, people too far. Notwithstanding snipers, tanks, rockets, etc, the Syrian people have become fearless. Shame on the ones who have denied the Syrians, for what they themselves take for granted. Free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association, freedom to choose their leaders, and a judiciary and security forces that are there to protect them and not an evil family dynasty. Now, there are only two ways forward; An peaceful transition from a illigitimate regime to a government of the people. or A violent transition from an illigitimate regime to a government of the people. Like in the last 46 years, it is all in the hands of a DICTATOR / TYRANT / MASS MURDERER

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