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Norwegian to lead UN Syria team. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed top Norwegian officer Major General Robert Mood Head of Mission and Chief of Staff UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). Major General Robert Mood is to lead the United Nations (UN) advance team that will arrive shortly in Damascus to discuss the deployment of a peacekeeping force in Syria.  "A DPKO (Department of Peacekeeping Operations) planning mission should be arriving in Damascus within 48 hours," Ahmad Fawzi, spokesperson for international mediator Kofi Annan told Reuters in Geneva.

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Norwegian to lead UN Syria team

Published on Wednesday, 4th April, 2012 at 09:57 under the news category, by The Foreigner.
Last Updated on 4th April 2012 at 13:46.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed top Norwegian officer Major General Robert Mood Head of Mission and Chief of Staff UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO).

Major General Robert Mood
Major General Robert Mood
Photo: Forsvarets mediesenter/Torgeir Haugaard


Major General Robert Mood is to lead the United Nations (UN) advance team that will arrive shortly in Damascus to discuss the deployment of a peacekeeping force in Syria. 

"A DPKO (Department of Peacekeeping Operations) planning mission should be arriving in Damascus within 48 hours," Ahmad Fawzi, spokesperson for international mediator Kofi Annan told Reuters in Geneva.

The agency reports that Annan is to hold talks with Major General Mood in the Geneva on Wednesday. The Major General, a former Inspector General of the Army, was head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Middle East for two years until February 2011.

A UN peacekeeping force will monitor a ceasefire in the country as part of Mr Annan’s six-part peace plan to halt the fighting in Syria.

This delegation, led by Mood, is expected have 200 to 250 unarmed observers. Such a deployment would require a Security Council resolution. Russia and China have also joined the rest of the UN Security Council in supporting Annan’s peace plan.

"Mr. Annan is grateful for the Russian and Chinese support and the unity that the Security Council again has shown in backing his plan and ensuring its implementation,’’ said Annan’s spokesperson.

As per UN estimates, more than 9,000 civilians have been killed in conflict since March last year, when the Syrian government began to crackdown on protesters opposed to President Bashar al-Assad.

In March, Norway closed its embassy in Damascus until further notice because of the security situation.



Published on Wednesday, 4th April, 2012 at 09:57 under the news category, by The Foreigner.
Last updated on 4th April 2012 at 13:46.

This post has the following tags: majorgeneralrobertmood, unkofiannan, norwayunappointment.





  
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