South Africa voices support for UN Observer Mission to Syria
JOHANNESBURG, Apr 14, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
South Africa voiced support
for a UN Observer Mission to Syria on Saturday, hours before the
UN Security Council cast a vote on the mission.
Deputy foreign minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said in a statement
that all sides in the conflict should "fully implement their
commitments" made to the UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.
"The Deputy Minister reiterated South Africa's support for the
call made by (Annan) regarding the urgent deployment of a UN
Observer Mission to verify and monitor the cease-fire," said the
The UN Security Council on Saturday decided to send an advance
team of up to 30 unarmed military observers to Syria to monitor a
ceasefire between the Syrian government forces and armed
The Security Council adopted a resolution authorizing the
observers to "liaise with the parties and to begin to report on
the implementation of a full cessation of armed violence in all
its forms by all parties."
South Africa abstained from voting for a resolution last
October, saying the resolution had a "hidden agenda" to bring down
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The resolution was not passed by
the Security Council.
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