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Monday, 16 April 2012 - 13:37
First UN Syria monitors arrive in Damascus
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The first UN monitors have arrived in Syria, as part of a peace deal aimed at ending over a year of violence.

UN peacekeeping spokesman Kieran Dwyer said the six observers had landed in the capital, Damascus, and would begin work today.

The group left New York after the UN Security Council passed a resolution on Saturday, authorising their deployment.

The six are the first of 30 monitors approved for the observation mission, although UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, who mediated the plan, hopes to eventually increase the number to over 200.

The plan aims to put an end to 13 months of unrest which the UN says has killed at least 9,000 people.

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