UN observers begin Syria work

UN observers have begun to monitor events in Syria amid reports that the violence there continues.

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UN chief still has hopes for Syria progress

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he is not "underestimating the gravity of the situation" in Syria, but believes there is an opportunity for progress and recommended the Security Council approve a 300-strong UN observer mission.

Mr Moon said in a letter to the council that he will consider developments on the ground, including the consolidation of the ceasefire, before deciding when to deploy the expanded mission, which is larger than the 250 observers initially envisaged.

Violence 'escalating again' in Syria

Violent incidents and reports of casualties have escalated again in recent days, with reports of shelling of civilian areas and abuses by Government forces. The Government reports violent actions by armed groups. The cessation of armed violence is therefore clearly incomplete.

– Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General
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