UN's Ban says Arab League to revive Syria mission

February 9, 2012 01:10

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday the Arab League chief had told him he intended to revive an Arab League monitoring mission in Syria, which has collapsed amid charges that Damascus is not cooperating with it.

Nabil Elaraby had asked for UN help with the project during a telephone conversation on Tuesday, Ban told reporters after briefing the UN Security Council on a visit he has just paid to the Middle East.

Elaraby had further proposed a joint UN-Arab League observer mission, including a joint special envoy, for Syria, where a harsh crackdown on an 11-month-old uprising has left thousands dead, according to UN figures. Ban said the United Nations was ready to help, but no decision had been taken.

Elaraby "informed me that he intends to send the Arab League observer mission back to Syria and asked for UN help," the UN chief said.

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