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UN supervision mission to continue tasks once violence halted by all parties: official

English.news.cn   2012-07-02 19:44:18            

DAMASCUS, July 2 (Xinhua) -- The spokesperson of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) said observation mission would resume once the conflicting parties recommit to a sustained cessation of armed violence and to the implementation of the six- point plan of UN-Arab League joint envoy to Syria Kofi Annan.

"The mission is here and ready to engage and support the parties in Syria to take the needed steps towards this process," Sausan Ghosheh said Monday.

The UNSMIS announced the suspension of their filed mission in June, citing the unabated violence.

Meanwhile, Ghosheh said the observers haven't resume activities yet and only conducting a few trips to the hospitals to assess the impact of the violence on civilians.

She said that chief of the mission Maj-Gen Robert Mood has returned Monday to Syria from Geneva where he attended the meeting of the Action Group on Syria and "shared with it s members the voice from the ground, from cities and villages across the country. "

She said it's now for the Syrian people, as the Action Group members stressed, to come to a political agreement, adding that " the urgency of the situation and the suffering of the Syrian people were clearly understood."

An action group comprising of world powers that met Saturday in Geneva has agreed upon a roadmap that hammered out a process for a Syrian-led transition to end the 16-month-long conflict but didn't stipulate the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A joint communique after the meeting said that the global community wished to see "an end to the violence and human rights abuses" and that the Syrian people enjoyed rights to " independently and democratically determine their own future."

The meeting specified the steps and measures to secure full implementation of Annan's peace plan for Syria.

The key steps for transition, as the meeting concluded, include the establishment of a transitional governing body that includes members of the present government and the opposition, an inclusive national dialogue process, and a review of the current constitution and legal system.

The Syrian government kept silent about the transitional plan, except for some voices inside the government and the parliament.

Ali Haidar, minister of national reconciliation, said in a recent interview on the Lebanese NTV that the Geneva plan is stillborn, while Omar Ossi, a parliament member, told Xinhua Saturday that the meeting's final communique was balanced.

Syria's situation on ground is severely tensed with the occurrence of fierce clashes on daily bases between armed rebels, who insist on fighting till the end, and the government troops.

The activists' network, Local Coordination Committees, reported that several areas in Syria have been subject to shelling by government troops. It said more than 20 people had been killed so far Monday. However, such reports is impossible of being independently verified.

Special Report: Syrian Situation

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