Security Council establishes UN Supervision Mission in Syria

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Vitaly I. Churkin

The Security Council has authorized the establishment of a UN observer mission to monitor the cessation of violence in Syria.

Council members on Saturday unanimously adopted a resolution to deploy 300 unarmed military observers to the country.

The Russian Federation was among the co-sponsors of the resolution.

Vitaly Churkin is the country's ambassador to the United Nations:

"The resolution establishes clear parameters for responsibility for all Syrian parties for the cessation of violence and the need to cooperate with UN observers and the mission of the Special Envoy. However, this is not all. In order to have a comprehensive implementation of the resolution, it is very important for external players involved in the Syrian issue to act very responsibly too."

The United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria will also monitor implementation of the six-point plan proposed by UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan.

It will join an advance team of seven UN observers already on the ground in Damascus.

(Duration: 29″ )

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