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Situation in Syria "remains precarious," UN chief says


08:48, April 20, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, April 19 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said here on Thursday that the situation in Syria "remains highly precarious," and he looks forward to an early action by the UN Security Council on his proposed expansion of the UN ceasefire observation mission in the Middle East country.

"On Syria, the situation remains highly precarious," Ban said when addressing reporters outside the UN Security Council Chambers after he sent a letter to the 15-nation UN body to call for more observers into Syria to monitor the week-old ceasefire in Syria, which has been plunged into a crisis since March 2011.

"Despite the government's agreement to cease all violence, we still see deeply troubling evidence that it continues," the secretary-general said.

"The past few days in particular has brought reports of renewed and escalating violence, including the shelling of civilian areas, grave abuses by government forces, and attacks by armed groups," said the secretary-general.

On Wednesday night, Ban report to the Security Council about his assessment of the latest developments in Syria, and he offered an update on the deployment of the advance team of UN military observers.

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