Tuesday, May 01, 2012

UN Says Syrian Heavy Weapons Still in Cities

The UN’s peacekeeping chief said Tuesday that the Syrian government still has heavy weapons in cities, and that both the government and opposition have committed violations of a UN-brokered truce.

UN peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous said the 24 monitors already in Syria have reported that heavy weapons are still in several cities--a violation of the peace deal brokered by UN-Arab League mediator Kofi Annan.

“Yes, our military observers do see a number of APCs [armored personnel carriers], for instance, they see a number of howitzers and other military equipment in most places where they are. It is being claimed the APCs have been disarmed, but that is not verified in all cases,” Ladsous said.

Ladsous called the level of violence “appalling” and urged both sides to respect the cessation of hostilities. He said the monitors have reported violations from both government forces and the opposition.