Cairo: Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Thursday demanded the “rapid deployment” of U.N. observers to Syria to monitor a ceasefire that is becoming ever more tenuous, as Europe pressed the United Nations Security Council to implement an embargo on sending weapons to Syria.
Addressing a league ministerial meeting in Cairo al-Arabi said that the entire world is waiting for a truce and the observers to be deployed, but unfortunately the fighting has not stopped and every day new victims diet.
“The United Nations has had difficulties in sending monitors, and this morning I called (U.N. and Arab League envoy) Kofi Annan and found him to be as ill at ease as I am” about the situation,” Arabi said.
“We agreed that I would contact the U.N. secretary general (Ban Ki-moon) and I sent him a message about the necessity of a rapid deployment of observers in Syria,” Arabi said.
He added that he urged Ban “to take advantage of U.N. observers already in the region,” without elaborating.
“The important thing now is the ceasefire, and this will only happen if a sufficient number of observers in deployed” on the ground, the head of the 22-member pan-Arab organization said.
U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous has said it would take at least a month to get the first 100 observers into Syria.
He told the Security Council Damascus was refusing to accept monitors from the Western and Arab coalition of countries in the so-called Friends of Syria group that has backed the Syrian opposition.
As many as 25 people have been killed by the gunfire of Syrian forces on Thursday.
It is to be mentioned here that according to UN estimates more than 9000 people were killed by Russian government led by Bashar-al-Assad regime.