U.N. monitors prepare to visit Damascus suburbs and Homs

The United Nations monitoring mission continued in Syria as observers prepared to visit Damascus suburbs and Homs on Tuesday said its spokesman.

Neeraj Singh, spokesman for the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), informed reporters of the observers' travel plan outside the U.N. offices in Damascus.

"It is essentially going to be a logistic movement. But what they will do initially when they start from here, they will take a short round of some areas in the suburbs of Damascus and then they will continue to Homs. You will be following them obviously there, but then I'm sure you'll want to be when you're there, they'll continue after that from Homs to other locations."

Meanwhile there were already nine monitors based in Homs, and four monitors each in Idlib, Hama and Deraa, Singh added.

UNSMIS chief Major General Robert Mood met with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mouallem in Damascus on Monday. According to the Syrian News Agency, Mouallem welcomed the mission's work in the country and ensured full cooperation from his government.

Mood on the other hand commended Syria's cooperation, and presented a brief about his mission's work.

According to the U.N. more than 9,000 people have been killed in Syria in the last 14 months, and its Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that the U.N.'s priority was to deploy a supervisory mission as soon as possible.

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