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UN Monitors’ Mission in Syria at Risk as Violence Spreads

The Washington Post
16th April 2012

BEIRUT — A team of six U.N. observers set up headquarters in Damascus on Monday and began reaching out to the Syrian government and its opponents in a bid to start healing the country’s divides, even as growing violence jeopardized those plans.

According to a U.N. Security Council resolution passed Saturday, the monitors’ work depends on the continued observance of a cease-fire that went into effect Thursday.

But numerous reports of truce violations by security forces and armed opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, which resulted in the deaths of 12 civilians and an unspecified number of government forces Monday, left the feasibility of the mission in doubt.

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