The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, today presented to the Security Council an application to extend to 250 the number of members of the mission of UN observers in Syria.
The existing authorization is now limited to 30 supervisors advanced unarmed and was given last Saturday in a resolution adopted by the 15 members of that body.
The first six members of this group and came to Damascus and began visiting other Arab cities. The head of the UN confirmed yesterday in Luxembourg on Wednesday presented his claim, but also said that the figure of 250 is not sufficient when taking into account the current situation and the vast expanse of Syria.
However, he clarified that the total shipment UN verifier can only occur after the establishment and maintenance of a cessation of armed violence, as established by the Security Council resolution.
The issue of the observation mission grew out of the six-point plan agreed by the sender Syria, the UN,, with the Government of that country and began to be implemented by Damascus last Thursday.
This scheme provides for the cessation of movements of government troops and heavy weapons fire and the withdrawal military forces from urban centers.
It also stipulates the provision of assistance to the Syrian population, the establishment of a humanitarian truce daily foreign journalists entering the country and the beginning of a dialogue between the government and opposition groups .
After the arrival of the first supervisors to Syria, Ban Ki-moon said that the cessation of violence "has been observed in a general sense," but regretted some sporadic episodes. In this regard, noted the importance of "taking care of this very fragile process "to which required much political will and that the Syrian leadership" is not affected by a sporadic attack of the opposition forces or any other source of violence."
On the logistics of the observer mission, the head of the UN reported that talks with the European Union to contribute with some means of transportation, including helicopters and planes.
The Security Council resolution defines the purpose of the observers as "monitor the cessation of armed violence in all its forms and all parties and relevant aspects of the proposal sent six points (Annan). " and urges the government to ensure freedom of movement and full, free and immediate mission necessary, "allowing for free communication and allowing it to communicate freely and privately with persons of all Syria. "