With the recent authorization by the UN Security Council for deployment of UN Supervision mission to Syria, the United States of America today said the mission is unusually risky and dangerous considering Assad regime’s long track record of dependable deceit and deception.
In her remarks at At a Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East, US Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Susan E. Rice said the Syrians have said they hope the mission can help restrain the regime’s brutality and that it will help them uphold their rights to express themselves freely.
“But we are all sober in our expectations of the mission.” -Ms. Rice
However, the United States welcomes the positive statements from various Syrian opposition figures and groups about this new mission, understanding how desperate the Syrian people are for assistance and, ultimately, for political change.
“The Syrian regime should make no mistake: we will be watching its actions day and night.” -Ms. Rice
The United States will work to ensure there will be consequences should the Syrian regime continue to ignore this Council’s decisions, press ahead with its murderous rampage, and flout the will of the international community, Ms. Rice stressed.
She says turmoil in Syria is a threat to international peace and security which is both urgent and grave.
The scale of the Assad regime’s murderous campaign is shocking. Ten thousand Syrians killed; tens of thousands injured and imprisoned; widespread torture; and an ever worsening crisis of displaced persons and refugees, Ms. Rice noted.
Ms. Rice reports that the conflict is also destabilizing Syria’s neighbors.
In Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, there are already tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, she added.
In Turkey and Lebanon, deadly violence spill across their borders.
The United States continues to support the international humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria, providing more than $33 million in assistance, much of it channeled through UN agencies and programs We will continue to support those in greatest need, Ms. Rice stressed.
She reiterates the United States’ appreciation to the United Nations personnel both military and civilian who will comprise this new mission.
The United States urges the Government of Syria to seize this chance for a peaceful political solution to the crisis before it’s too late.
Two days ago, UN Security Council authorized a UN supervision mission in Syria, charged with monitoring compliance with the full set of commitments and obligations laid out in Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan’s Six-Point Plan.
The “United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS)is comprised of an initial deployment of up to 300 unarmed military observers as well as an appropriate civilian component.”
The United States of America also has voted in favor of resolution 2043 authorizing the establishment of a UN supervision mission in Syria.
Since the adoption of resolution 2042 last week, in which the Council unanimously called on the Syrian government to honor all its obligations, including a sustained cessation of violence.
However, the regime has unleashed yet another wave of horrific violence against its own people resulting in the deaths of scores of Syrians daily.
Reports say the government’s use of shelling and heavy weaponry, in particular in Homs, has reached levels that surpass those before the ceasefire.
Syrian government troops and armor have not been withdrawn from cities and returned to barracks.
Protesters are still being intimidated and murdered by government forces.
The status of thousands of detainees remains unclear.
Reports say precious little progress had been made on the issue of humanitarian access, with an estimated one million civilians still in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
The violence in Syria, which began in March 2011 as a protest movement similar to those witnessed across the Middle East and North Africa, has claimed over 10,000 lives, mostly civilians, and displaced tens of thousands.