The United Nations decided last week not to extend the mandate of the UNSMIS
, but agreed instead to establish a civilian office in the capital Damascus to oversee the situation in case a chance for political solutions ever emerged.
The UN secretary general said he had sent peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous to join chief military adviser General Babacar Gaye in Damascus to "lead UNSMIS
in this critical phase.
Robert Mood, head of UNSMIS
, told reporters in Damascus that a group of observers about 5 kilometers away from the violence confirmed the use of heavy weapons and attack helicopters.
The chief of UNSMIS
General Roger Mood said: "The observers will not be conducting patrols and will stay in their locations until further notice.
In addition to our sanctions, diplomatic efforts, and support to the UNSMIS
Mission which are highly appreciated by the UN, humanitarian assistance remains the top priority for the EU.
It was also not clear whether the Syrian government would consent to an expansion of the mission, known as UNSMIS
, or allow it to be armed, which would make the monitors more like peacekeepers than unarmed observers.
Ban called on the council to approve an expanded United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria, to be known as UNSMIS
, comprising an initial deployment of up to 300 military observers in approximately 10 locations throughout the country, for an initial period of three months.
El mandato de UNSMIS
consistio principalmente en la motorizacion del cese de la violencia y en el apoyo a la completa implementacion de la propuesta de los 6 puntos del Enviado Especial (31).
Initially six personnel were deployed, but three military observers were withdrawn following the halving of overall UNSMIS
numbers in late July, New Zealand Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman said in the statement.
Russia's diplomats said Washington had shown a lack of commitment to Annan's tattered April peace plan by its insistence that the monitoring mission, UNSMIS
, should be wound up when its mandate expired.
The conditions to continue UNSMIS
were not filled," France's UN ambassador, Gerard Araud, said after a Security Council meeting.
Established in April, UNSMIS
had suspended its regular patrols in mid-June due to the escalating violence, in which over 15,000 people, mostly civilians, have reportedly been killed and tens of thousands displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 17 months ago.