Major General Robert Mood of Norway (R) arrives in the Syrian capital of Damascus on April 29, 2012 ( Image: Xinhua )
Upon arrival at Damascus international airport, Mood expressed his most sincere condolences to all Syrian families who have lost loved ones during violence.
Mood said the team has now 30 observers and the number will double within the coming days, and will reach 300 later. However, observers’ spokesman Neeraj Singh stressed that the number on ground is now still 15 not 30.
Meanwhile, Mood said the focus of his mission is to engage all parties to achieve successful Kofi Annan’s plan.
Mood said the observers will come from many nations, but added that they alone cannot solve all the problems, calling for help and co-operation from all parties in such a challenging task.
On Friday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Mood as the Chief Military Observer and Head of Mission of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), according to Ban’s spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey.
UNSMIS is a mission consisting of up to 300 military observers, assigned by the UN Security Council with the task of monitoring a cease-fire between the Syrian government and the opposition forces.