General Mood: Government of Syria expressed support to UNSMIS mission, the same clear statement from the opposition NOT seen yet
NEW YORK_ The chief U.N. monitor of UNSMIS Mission to Syria, General Robert Mood of Norway declared that "the Government of Syria expressed its support very clearly" to UNSMIS mission in Syria while he has not 'seen the same clear statement from the opposition yet.'
In press statements yesterday, General Mood added that UNSMIS would 'only resume full operations if there were a significant reduction in the level of violence and both the opposition and government voiced their commitment to the observers' safety and freedom of movement.'
General Mood said that he made the decision- to suspend the observer mission temporarily- based on the 'risks on the ground and based on the fact that the risks made it difficult to implement mandated tasks.'
On his part, U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous underscored that the United Nations remained committed to Annan's peace plan, the only peace proposal under consideration at the moment.'Ladsous added that "There's no other game in town and there's no plan B.''
Earlier Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stated that the armed terrorist groups have escalated their criminal attacks since Annan's plan was signed, even attacking the UN observer mission and posing a threat to their lives.
"The armed groups also disregarded Annan's plan and the initial agreement between the United Nations and the Syrian Government, assisted by Arab and international powers that are still providing the terrorists with up-to-date weapons and communication devices that help them in committing their crimes and sticking to their defiance of the UN plan," the Ministry underlined.