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United Nations observers inspecting a residential area with Free Syrian Army gunmen at Talbisah area in Homs city.

UN Photo/David Manyua
11 June 2012

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Mission facts

  • Location:
  • Headquarters:
  • Team sites:
    Aleppo, Deir-ez-Zor, Deraa, Hama, Homs, Idlib, Rif Damascus and Tartus
  • Duration:
    April 2012 – August 2012

Monitoring a cessation of armed violence in all its forms

Established by United Nations Security Council resolution 2043 PDF Document of 21 April 2012, initially for a 90-day period, to monitor a cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties and to monitor and support the full implementation of the Joint Special Envoy’s six-point plan to end the conflict in Syria. After initial relative lull, hostilities in Syria resumed and on 15 June 2012, UNSMIS had to suspend its activities owing to an intensification of armed violence across the country. On 20 July 2012, the Security Council extended the mission for 30 days and said that any further extension could be possible only ‘’in the event that the Secretary-General reports and the Security Council confirms the cessation of the use of heavy weapons and a reduction in the level of violence sufficient by all sides'' to allow the UNSMIS monitors to implement their mandate. As those conditions were not met, UNSMIS mandate came to an end at midnight on 19 August 2012.