Experts Sent by Annan Arrive in Syria

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A team of experts dispatched by U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan has arrived in Syria, where it will remain as long as progress is made on a monitoring operation to end the bloodshed, a spokesman said Monday.

"The mission has arrived. There are five people with expertise in political, peacekeeping and mediation," Ahmed Fawzi, spokesman for Annan told Agence France Presse.

"They will be staying for as long as they are making progress (on reaching) agreement on practical steps to implement Mr. Annan's proposals" which include a monitoring mechanism, the spokesman said.

Fawzi said he could not disclose the team's "precise plans or location," and that Annan's next visit to Syria would "depend largely on progress being made by the Syrians in working with the mission."

The former UN Secretary-General "does have plans to travel to other capitals," added the spokesman.

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