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6 Chinese military observers arrive in Syria

(Xinhua)

08:07, May 15, 2012

DAMASCUS, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Six Chinese working as United Nations (UN) military observers arrived in Syria's capital of Damascus to join the 189-member team already on ground to monitor a ceasefire, upon the UN's request.

The move has brought the number of Chinese military observers in Syria to eight. The other two observers have arrived in Damascus on April 25.

The spokesman of China's peacekeeping affairs office of the Ministry of National Defense said China had selected for the mission six military officers who had good professional, foreign language and driving skills.

Most of UN observers were deployed in restive Syrian cities, in the hope that their presence would calm the simmering tension in the unrest-ridden country, sources told Xinhua.

The observers arrived in Syria last month to monitor the implementation of UN-Arab League joint special envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan that calls mainly for the halt of all violence by both sides of the conflict in order to pave the way for a political settlement to Syria's 14-month unrest.

On Saturday, the European Union sent 25 armored vehicle to the UN monitor mission in Syria to ensure the safety of the observers. Annan has recently said that a total of 300 observers will be on ground in Syria by the end of May.


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