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
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.