Arab Ministers Urged to Press for UN Observers, MENA Reports

Syria’s main opposition group called on Arab foreign ministers meeting today to press for the speedy deployment of United Nations observers to the country.

Syrian National Council spokeswoman Basma Kidmani was quoted by the state-run Middle East News Agency as saying officials needed to issue a strong call to ensure the deployment of 300 unarmed UN observers charged with monitoring a cease-fire designed to end fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels.

Kidmani said a meeting of various Syrian opposition groups could be held under the auspices of the Arab League on May 16-17 to agree a united front for the groups.

The cease-fire has been crumbling, according to UN envoy Kofi Annan, and the opposition has been pushing for tougher measures against President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

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