Syrian ceasefire fragile as monitors arrive

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations says the ceasefire in Syria remains fragile, with several sporadic acts of violence reported since it came into force on Thursday last week.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is appealing to the Syrian government and opposition forces to exercise maximum restraint and allow the ceasefire to hold.

The Secretary-General says the political dialogue aimed at finding a solution to the Syrian crisis can only commence after a genuine cessation of violence is maintained.

Speaking in Brussels, Belgium, the Secretary-General said the United Nations has deployed a six-member advance team to begin monitoring the cessation of violence.

"Any small unintended gun fire may break all this very fragile process of cessation. If violence continues, even in sporadic ways as we have seen during the last three four days, it is very precarious and it will hamper the smooth operation of the monitoring teams. They are not armed; it is the Syrian government's responsibility to guarantee freedom of access freedom of movement within the country. They should be allowed to freely move to any places where they will be able to observe the cessation of violence."

Duration: 44″

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