UN and Syria conclude agreement on mandate for observers

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Kofi Annan, UN-Arab League Special Envoy

The United Nations and Syria on Thursday concluded an agreement concerning the mandate of UN observers deployed to the country.

The agreement also covers implementation of the six-point peace plan proposed by UN-Arab League Special Envoy, Kofi Annan.

That information comes from Ahmad Fawzi, who is Mr. Annan's spokesman, in a statement released on Thursday.

Dianne Penn reports.

Fawzi said the agreement will provide a basis for a Protocol governing the advance team of observers in Syria and any future UN Supervision Mechanism should it be deployed.

It outlines the functions of the observers as they fulfill their mandate as well as the tasks and responsibilities of the Syrian government.

Fawzi reported that the Office of the Joint Special Envoy is also having similar discussions with representatives of the opposition on the tasks and responsibilities of the armed opposition groups in Syria.

An advance team of six UN observers arrived in Damascus on Sunday to monitor the cessation of violence which began on 12 April.

Fawzi said "An effective observer team on the ground is vital if the lives of ordinary Syrian families (are) to slowly return to normal" which is why Kofi Annan made the cessation of violence by all parties the essential "first step" in his peace plan for Syria.

He said "The hard part lies ahead, a truly Syrian-led and -owned political dialogue to address the legitimate concerns and aspirations of the Syrian people."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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