DAMASCUS, (SANA) – United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous stressed on Saturday that the process of spreading military and civil observers has been completed, pointing out that the process was completed with swiftness that is unprecedented in UN history.
In a press statement at DamaRose Hotel in Damascus, Ladsous said that he is contacting officials in the Syrian Government, adding that he met a number of the observers who are being trained before they start working on the ground.
He expressed deep gratitude for the mission's leader Gen. Robert Mood and his colleagues for their efficiency in carrying out their task.
For his part, Spokesperson for the UN Observer Mission in Syria, Hassan Saqlawi, said the number of observers reached 276 from 38 countries.
He added that observers are spread in Damascus Countryside, Homs, Hama, Idleb, Deir Ezzor and Daraa provinces, while the number of international employees reached 61 from 54 countries.
Annan's Spokesman: There Is Third Factor Operating in Syria We Are Working to Verify It
Spokesman of the UN envoy to Syria Kofi Annan, Ahmad Fawzi, said Annan earlier announced that there is a third factor in Syria which can not be currently verified by the UN, but it is working on that.
Fawzi was speaking at a press conference in Geneva a day after UN Secretary General made statements about al-Qaeda's responsibility for twin terrorist bombings which took place in al-Qazzaz region in Damascus.
The spokesman revealed that Annan is considering an invitation to visit Syria soon and that a deputy of the international envoy also intends to head to Syria.
Fawzi reiterated call on all the parties in Syria to halt all kinds of violence and start political dialogue, noting that Annan's plan is the only currently proposed plan to resolve the crisis in Syria.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said in a press conference that that he believed al Qaeda was responsible for two suicide car bombs in al-Qazzaz region in Damascus on May the 10th.
"A few days ago there was a huge, serious, massive terrorist attack. I believe that there must be al Qaeda behind it. This has created again very serious problems," Ban was quoted by Reuters as saying during his meeting with a youth delegation at the UN headquarters.
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