UN: Both sides violating Syria ceasefire

2012-05-01 22:02

New York - The UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday that UN military observers in Syria are reporting ceasefire violations from the government and opposition, and he demanded an immediate halt to all violence.

Herve Ladsous refused to say which side was responsible for the most violations. But he said the unarmed observers have documented a number of Syrian heavy weapons deployed in populated areas - including armoured personnel carriers and Howitzers - despite the government's claim that it had withdrawn tanks and troops from cities and towns as required under international envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan.

Syrian forces fired mortar shells into a farming village near the Turkish border Tuesday, killing 10 people, among them two young children.

"The level of violence in Syria has been appalling," Ladsous said at a news conference. "I think the violations that are observed come from both sides. I would not establish a ratio. Now is not the time ... The important fact is that violations do come from both sides."

Twenty-four observers were in Syria on Tuesday in five locations - Damascus, Homs, Hama, Daraa and Idlib - all hotspots in the 13-month uprising that by UN account has killed more than 9 000 people, Ladsous said at a news conference. In each place, he said, they conduct mobile patrols during the day and sometimes at night.

He said the UN has commitments for about 150 observers which are now being processed, with new pledges coming in daily, and expects a rapid increase that will see the authorised total of 300 observers on the ground by the end of May.

But Ladsous said this requires Syria to give visas to the observers and it has already denied visas to three observers without reason. He declined to disclose their nationalities.

  • Fred - 2012-05-01 22:55

    If this is what he actually said, it is going nowhere. Everyone with any modicum of understanding of what is going on in Syria knows who the aggressor is. Not saying it just, not taking a stand, jus maintains the status quo.

  • Fred - 2012-05-01 23:44

    Not saying it, not taking a stand, just maintains the status quo.

  • Fred - 2012-05-02 01:48

    Thinking about this further, if this report is right, which, based on tha accuracy of recent reports bybNews24, it may very well not be, this is exactly what Assad, Fidel and Patrick wants. They want Assad's abhorrent behavior to be lost in an undifferentiated, unprincipled declaration by a third party. Herve Lafsous, for the sake of Syrians and their families, who have been slaughteted by this evil-doing unelected dictator, I hope News24 is living up to its growing reputation of misreporting.

      nowicki1 - 2012-05-02 20:55

      Wait a sec, Fred starts distrusting news 24 after their most unbiased report. I'm not surprised. "News24 is living up to its growing reputation of misreporting" - Yes Fred your right ! At last we can agree on something!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-06 02:42

      Recent reports on Syria, Matt. Not all reports.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-02 02:56

    "I believed at that time, that I was doing my best" "I should and could have done more" Kofi Annan At that time; Head of UN Peacekeepers Re the slaughter of EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND IN RWANDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-02 20:42

      Patrick, I don't think you realize it yourself, but your comments are getting more weird by the day !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-03 21:45

      Hhahahahahahaha, Patrick, you are actually FUNNY !!!

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