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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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UN votes to send 300 ceasefire observers to Syria

Sunday - Apr 22, 2012, 02:32pm (GMT+5.5)
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UN votes to send 300 ceasefire observers to Syria Damascus - The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to pass a resolution increasing the number of ceasefire observers in Syria from 30 to 300.

The resolution gives UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon authority to decide when to deploy the additional observers, based on developments on the ground including 'the consolidation of the cease-fire.'

Russia, which is regarded as an ally of Damascus, emphasized the need to send more monitors to Syria quickly.

According to Fox News, Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the resolution is 'of fundamental importance to push forward the peace process in Syria' and to support the six-point peace plan negotiated by international envoy Kofi Annan.

Britain's UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant stressed that expanded observer mission and Annan's proposal 'represents the last opportunity to secure a solution to the crisis in Syria.'

According to the report, the resolution establishes a United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria, to be called 'UNSMIS', 'comprising an initial deployment of up to 300 unarmed military observers as well as an appropriate civilian component' for an initial period of 90 days.

Unlike most resolutions that call for reports to the Security Council in 30 days, the resolution adopted on Saturday calls for reports every 15 days.

The preliminary agreement between Syria and the UN on the deployment of observers says they will have freedom to go anywhere in the country by foot or by car, take pictures, and use technical equipment to monitor compliance with the cease-fire engineered by Annan.





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