Syrian cooperation with monitors "absolutely important"

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Armoured vehicles, designated for the newly-deployed UN team monitoring cessation of violence in Syria, are unloaded from an Italian Air Force carrier in Beirut, Lebanon.

The government of Syria is being urged to cooperate fully with observers deployed to monitor the cessation of violence in the country.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters late Monday that he is coordinating with the joint United Nations-Arab League Special Envoy, Kofi Annan as preparations are under way for the deployment of 300 monitors in Syria.

The Security Council on Saturday authorized the deployment of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria, to be known as UNSMIS.

Secretary-General Ban stressed the importance of Syrian cooperation with the mission.

"It's is important, absolutely important that the Syrian govt should provide the full protection of safety and security of our monitors, and ensure freedom of access, freedom of movement, no such obstacles. On Friday morning, I met Ambassador [Bashar] Ja’afari of Syria who told me that he was going to Damascus for consultation to convey my message to President [Bashar al] Assad, to make sure all the cooperation from Syrian government, including the air asset mobility."

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Mr. Ban said he is grateful to the Security Council for unanimously authorizing the deployment of UNSMIS.

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