Posts tagged cease fire
Posts tagged cease fire
Egypt announced on Wednesday that a ceasefire had been reached to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, starting later in the day.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr made the announcement in a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The ceasefire would come into effect at 15:00 EDT, said Amr, whose country has been at the heart of efforts to broker an end to the conflict.
“Egypt has made great efforts … since the start of the latest escalation in the Gaza Strip,” Amr said.
“These efforts and contacts have resulted in understandings to cease fire and restore calm and halt the bloodshed that the last period has seen,” he added.
“Egypt calls on all to monitor the implementation of what has been agreed under Egypt’s sponsorship and to guarantee the commitment of all the parties to what has been agreed,” he said.
UN council approves Syria monitor mission
Security Council unanimously adopts resolution authorising deployment of up to 300 observers to Syria for three months.
The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution that authorises an initial deployment of up to 300 unarmed military observers to Syria for three months to monitor a fragile week-old ceasefire in the country’s 13-month old conflict.
The Russian and European drafted resolution said that deployment of the UN observer mission, which will be called UNSMIS, will be “subject to assessment by the Secretary-General [Ban Ki-moon] of relevant developments on the ground, including the cessation of violence”.
Saturday’s resolution also noted that the cessation of violence by the government and opposition is “clearly incomplete”.
It authorises the UN mission for an initial 90 days to monitor the cessation of violence and monitor and support implementation of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan.
Ban will make the “assessment” on whether it is safe to deploy the mission. This would include the consolidation of the cessation of violence started on April 12.
There is no threat of sanctions in the resolution but the council said it will assess the implementation of the mission and “consider further steps as appropriate”.
Bashar Ja’afari, the Syrian ambassador to the UN, said his government has already implemented all its responsibilities in the Annan peace plan.
“It continues to assist the special envoy. And daily it is undertaking measures to underscore this, including the release of detainees who were not responsible for terrorist crimes and the delivery of humanitarian aid to the affected region in co-operation with OCHA.”
Pictured: The UN team did not venture out on Friday, the day when anti-government protests are usually held [AFP]
A small advance group of UN monitors is preparing to go to Syria to oversee the ceasefire, hours after the Security Council voted for its deployment.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he would make firm proposals in days for a larger group of about 250 people.
The mission comes as a BBC reporter says the ceasefire appears in danger of collapsing in some parts of Syria.
Activists said at least 20 people were killed as violence flared on Saturday in Homs and at a funeral in Aleppo.
Syria ‘accepts’ Annan plan to end crisis
UN-Arab League envoy says Damascus has agreed to implement six-point peace plan for ending conflict in country.
The Syrian government has agreed to accept the six-point plan by joint United Nations-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan on ending the violence in Syria, the former UN chief’s spokesman has said.
“The Syrian government has written to the joint special envoy Kofi Annan, accepting his six-point plan, endorsed by the United Nations Security Council,” Ahmad Fawzi said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Mr Annan views this as an important initial step that could bring an end to the violence and the bloodshed, provide aid to the suffering, and create an environment conducive to a political dialogue that would fulfill the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people,” he added.
Annan, who is in China to seek Beijing’s support for his peace proposal, had written to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asking Damascus to “put its commitments into immediate effect”.
His plan calls on Assad to withdraw troops and heavy weapons from protest hubs, a daily two-hour humanitarian ceasefire, access to all areas affected by the fighting and a UN-supervised halt to all clashes.
Annan is due to in Baghdad on Thursday to discuss how to move forward with the plan with Arab League leaders.
The opposition had earlier dismissed Annan’s initiative as an opportunity for the government to continue its repression.
Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, said Syria’s reported agreement had to be backed up with action.
Pictured: Annan has been meeting with world leaders to build a consensus on how to resolve the Syrian crisis [Reuters]