Idleb, Lattakia (SANA)_Head of the UN observer mission to Syria, Gen. Robert Mood, on Friday said that the success of the mission of UN envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, necessitates that all parties cooperate to implement its six points, adding that the mission is tasked with monitoring the situation on the ground.
In a statement to journalists at Idleb Governorate building, Gen. Mood said that many facilities were offered to the mission by the Syrian government, which would help the mission to document and monitor the reality of the situation.
He added that his visit to Idleb comes in the framework of cooperation and coordination with all parties to restore security and stability as the number of the UN observers reached 60, to be completed soon to 300 distributed in the Syrian cities.
''We are open to dialogue for enhancing the credibility of our work to rebuild bridges of communication and attain the hoped-for goals, mainly bringing back security and stability to Syria,'' Mood said. He indicated that the mission's report will be based on their field observations and convey the information to the humanitarian organizations.
Governor of Idleb, Yasser al-Shoufi, said that the terrorist groups perpetrated many violations of the ceasefire and took advantage of the presence of observers to commit heinous crimes and terrify citizens, pointing out to the backing offered to these groups by some neighboring countries, especially Turkey.
Later, Gen. Mood visited Maarret al-Nou'man city.
Mood also said he will work for preserving stability in Syria according to the mission launched by the UN to achieve stability in the country.
Speaking to journalists at Rotana Resort in the coastal city of Lattakia, Gen. Mood noted that his mission is based on two-fold goals; monitoring the halt of violence and implementing the six-point plan of UN envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, adding that his mission needs everybody's support, participation and abidance by the plan.
The UN observer mission's head continued that everybody can help Syria move from violence to peace and avoid violent assassination operations, calling on the international bodies inside and outside Syria to commit to achieve this goal.
He said the international community as well as the government and people in Syria are concerned with getting the mission done, which is why a group of observers came from several countries to support and achieve this goal and move in the peaceful direction for the sake of the Syrian people's future.
He said that in all the places he has been in Syria he felt the people's confidence in the UN as an international organization, expressing comfort having faced no problems so far talking to everybody his team wanted to speak with.
He noted that despite the difficult situation the Syrians are going through, he still feels and sees the hospitality and generosity the Syrian people have always been known for, expressing condolences to all the families who lost loved ones.
Gen. Mood told the journalists that the situation in Lattakia now is calm and there are no dramatic challenges, describing it as a very beautiful and hospitable city which he has been recommended to visit.
He pointed out that after completing his tour of Lattakia, he will go back to Damascus to continue building the observer team, noting that besides the 50 observers already present in Syria, more observers will arrive in the coming two days until the total number reaches 300 as already set.
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