300 Observers to Monitor Peace Process
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is calling the situation in Syria "precarious" but is recommending a 300-strong UN observer force to bring peace and stability.
Despite the Syrian government's agreement to cease all violence, Ban said attacks have escalated.
Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General: "I also want to highlight the increasingly difficult humanitarian situation within Syria and along its borders. Approximately 230,000 people, if not more, have been displaced. An estimated one million people are in need. Despite assurances from the government, there has been no meaningful progress on the ground. This is unacceptable."
Speaking at a meeting of Western and Arab diplomats, US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said the world is watching Bashar Assad, to see of his diplomatic measures are sincere.
Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State: "... We also are hopeful that despite the evidence thus far, the mission of Kofi Annan can begin to take root starting with monitors being sent, but remembering that it's a six point plan and that it's not a menu of options, it has to be a complete acceptance by the Syrian government of all six points."
Elsewhere, Colonel Ahmed Himiche, Head of the UN observer team, was greeted warmly as visited families in Daraa. His team is preceeds the 300 observers to arrive later
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