April 25th, 2012
03:21 AM ET

U.N. sources: Syria won't accept observers from certain countries

U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan has expressed dismay over reports that the Syrian government resumes brutal attacks on cities once U.N. monitors leave - the latest sign that diplomatic efforts are failing to quash the bloodshed in the country.

"I am particularly alarmed by reports that government troops entered Hama (Monday) after observers departed, firing automatic weapons and killing a significant number of people," Kofi Annan told U.N. Security Council members Tuesday. "If confirmed, this is totally unacceptable and reprehensible."

Thirty observers are expected in the country by Monday, and 100 within a month, said U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, citing comments by Herve Ladsous of U.N.'s Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

"Mr. Ladsous reported that the Syrian government has refused at least one observer based on his nationality, and that Syrian authorities have stated they will not accept (monitoring mission) staff members from any nations that are members of the 'Friends of Democratic Syria,'" Rice said Tuesday. "He underscored that from the U.N. point of view this is entirely unacceptable."

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  1. ron

    If everyone who is surprised by this would kindly send me a dollar, then I'll have- um, lets see if I counted right- exactly nothing...

    April 25, 2012 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. ron

    Ironically thats precisely what these " moniters" will accomplish.

    April 25, 2012 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. JerseyJeff

    Does he think he is ordering from an al a carte menu?
    I don't think you get to pick and choose what part of the peace plan he wants honor or not.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. citizen

    Just so the Syrian people understand what the world community has been saying to them for over a year ; "good luck."

    April 25, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Given Assad's past, he will honor no one and nothing until everyone is dead or in prison...

    My thoughts are with the citizens of Syria, who are just trying to live their lives without fear...

    April 25, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Cynic

    I won't accept observers from certain countries either. Especially the observers with huge eyes the size of dinner plates.

    April 25, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©


      April 25, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    People of the United States of America and Syria,
    Last time I checked the Syrian People hated the United States and want us all dead because we support Israel. All I have to say is ,do not bother the United States for anything! Your on your own.Suck it up and deal with it.

    April 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |