Secretary-General says Syria monitors will be deployed “as soon as possible”

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Ban Ki-moon

The advance monitoring team authorized by the Security Council will be deployed  to Syria "as soon as possible," according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Speaking in Geneva on Saturday, Mr. Ban welcomed the council’s unanimous vote in favour of sending the monitors, and expressed his gratitude for "the strong political support" from its 15 members.

"I will make sure that this advance observer mission will be dispatched as soon as possible and try to make concrete proposals by 18 April for the official observer mission; that I will discuss with the Syrian authorities, and I will instruct DPKO (UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations) to take the necessary measures. At the same time, the political negotiations should continue in an inclusive way involving all the Syrian people."

Mr. Ban said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos will convene a Syrian humanitarian forum in Geneva on 20 April. 

He said at least one million people are displaced in Syria, while thousands have fled to countries such as Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

 (Duration: 39 secs)

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