DAMASCUS, July 26 (KUNA) -- United Nations Undersecretary General for
Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous Thursday met with Syrian National
Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar and discussed the UN observers' mission
after the reduction in number of personnel and length of the mission mandate
to just one month.
The meeting was attended by General Babacar Gaye, Head of UN Supervision
Mission in Syria, and the discussion focused on mechanism of cooperation
between the ministry and the mission on the ground, in view of the political
process required to realize genuine reconciliation in Syria.
In remarks after the meeting, the minister said he had re-presented a
proposal of deploying 10,000 specialized Syrian observers to work alongside
the UN team. The proposal would be considered in the few coming days, and the
response, he added, would show whether the mission was truly committed to its
stated mandate and objective.
The ministry is ready to work out all that impedes the work of the mission,
if the intentions are indeed honest and honorable, he remarked, so that it may
truly meet its responsibility and hold those truly responsible for the
The minister further questioned the validity of the mission and the weight
the UN truly assigns to it in view of the fact that the reports the team sends
to the UN are not accredited. Had there been an honest desire to guarantee the
best interest of the Syrian people and a truly objective unbiased Security
Council, he stressed, the reports of the team would be sufficient and there
would not be reliance on reports by other parties of unknown or questionable
The minister further criticized over-crediting media, which he stressed is
another weapon used in the war on Syria.
Stopping violence and initiating a political process is, first and
foremost, Syria's top interest, and not an invention of the Security Council.
The Syrians, Haidar said, agreed to the plan presented by UN-Arab League Envoy
Kofi Annan not because he presented anything new, but because he expressed an
international desire that matched that of Syria in seeing the nation out of
the cycle of violence and reaching a solution for the political crisis.
Haidar further said he was "amazed" at those who change priorities. "We
started with the whole world, even those calling themselves the opposition,
demanding stop of violence as pre-requisite for starting talks. Now, everybody
is turning a blind eye to this point and jumping to the next step of political
process and measures."
He said he considers this running away from the issue, even if it is
running forward, seemingly.
What is most important is not flashy headlines, but guaranteeing the
conditions for success of any political process that would serve the whole of
Syria. Stopping violence, he noted, is the top condition that must be
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