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Syria's defiance of ceasefire unacceptable: Annan

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 01:22

April 25 - Officials express concern over a UN brokered ceasefire that continues to be ignored by Syrian officials. Julie Noce reports.

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EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL Unverified video from a social media website shows United Nations observers patrolling the streets of Homs in Syria. The monitors are part of a shaky U.N.-brokered ceasefire agreement between anti-government demonstrators and troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Anti-government groups say that while the U.N.'s presence has led to some decline in violence, they accuse the Syrian army of resuming their operations when the U.N. observers aren't looking. U.N officials say Syria's continued defiance of the ceasefire agreement has not gone unnoticed. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SUSAN RICE, UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, SAYING: "The Security Council received a briefing as you know via video teleconference from Joint Special Envoy (Kofi) Annan and an in-person briefing by Under-Secretary General (Herve) Ladsous earlier this afternoon. Mr. Annan stated that the situation in Syria and I quote, 'continues to be unacceptable'. Mr. Annan expressed his concerns at reports that attacks have resumed in locations directly following the departure of members of the observer team, calling them, and I quote, 'unacceptable and reprehensible, if true'." Up to 300 unarmed monitors have been authorized for deployment over the next three months. Members of the Chinese team arrived in Damascus on Tuesday. So far, the Syrian government has refused at least one U.N. observer because of his nationality. Julie Noce, Reuters

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Syria's defiance of ceasefire unacceptable: Annan

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 01:22