Head of U.N. peacekeeping mission in Syria urges halt to violence as toll mounts
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Head of U.N. peacekeeping mission in Syria urges halt to violence as toll mounts

Damascus : Syria | Apr 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM PDT
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Norwegian Major General Robert Mood arrives at Damascus airport

Head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Syria, the Norwegian General Robert Mood, said upon his arrival to Damascus on Sunday: to ensure the success of the plan of the international envoy Kofi Annan, I appeal to all to stop the violence and help us maintain the cessation of armed violence by all parties.

In a press statement in Damascus on Sunday, Gen. Robert Mood said: we will work to achieve the full implementation of the Annan's peace plan that was agreed by the Syrian government, so as to achieve this goal, we now have 30 observers on the ground, and we will double that figure in the coming days.

The number of observers is to increase to 100 within a month, before reaching 300, as set out in resolution 2043 adopted unanimously a week ago by the U.N. Security Council.

General Robert Mood, 54, was head of the U.N. Truce Supervision Organization, which monitors Middle East truces and Kosovo, from 2009 until 2011. He was nominated on Friday by U.N. Security Council as Head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Syria.

On the ground,the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Upon the arrival of General Mood, eight dead in Hama and city of Deir al-Zor, including four civilians and four soldiers.

On Saturday, 22 civilians were killed-- eight in Hama, two in Homs, three in Idlib near the Turkish border, four in Aleppo, four in Damascus province and one in Al-Raqqah city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Separately, the official SANA news agency reported that Syrian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Jihad Makdisi said in a statement that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu continue to make provocative statements aimed at aggravating the situation in Syria.

On Sunday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu said that Ankara will ask NATO for help in protecting its border with Syria against the the Syrian attacks.

Sources: http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/04/29/211057.html

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/top-un-truce-monitor-arrives-in-syria-as-activists-report-lull-in-violence-1.427149

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