Syria: UN observers visit suburb of Damascus

The UN has sent an advance eight-person observer team to Syria to support a peace plan by international envoy Kofi Annan.

Beirut: Syrian state television and a local activist say a United Nations team monitoring the country`s shaky ceasefire is visiting the Damascus suburb of Zabadani.

The UN has sent an advance eight-person observer team to Syria to support a plan by international envoy Kofi Annan to end the country`s 13-month crisis.
The UN has authorised a mission of 300 observers, though it remains unclear when the full contingent will arrive.

State TV gave no details on the observers` visit on Monday to Zabadani. Activist Fares Mohammed confirmed the monitors had arrived but had no further information.

The government has controlled Zabadani since taking it back from rebels in February.

The ceasefire essential to Annan`s plan has been rife with violations, although overall daily violence has declined.

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