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Syria (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - June 20, 2012)

Q : Following yesterday’s debate at the Security Council on Syria, are we to understand that the observation mission is continuing but remains suspended? How could it resume its activities? What is the status of your efforts to get the Annan plan placed under Chapter 7?

A : Two Security Council resolutions addressed the establishment of UNSMIS. It is unacceptable that the deepening of the crackdown imposed by the Syrian authorities has resulted in the suspension of its activities. In this context, we welcome the continued presence of the observers who are doing a difficult job under dangerous conditions.

The continuation of the bloody crackdown in Syria has again led to the death of several dozen people in the past few days, while the actions of Bashar al-Assad’s regime are posing a threat to regional peace and security. The Syrian regime has shown no sign of willingness to implement the Annan plan since April 10 and hasn’t even complied with its initial commitments, namely the withdrawal of its troops and heavy weapons from the population centers.

We fully support the Joint Special Envoy’s mission and will remain fully mobilized to ensure that his 6-point plan is finally implemented. As he himself said, this requires stronger action on the part of the Security Council, which we believe should result in a resolution under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. Each member of the Security Council should heed this message. We’re continuing our discussions with our partners to that end.



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