UN's Ban calls Syrian cease-fire 'very fragile'


BRUSSELS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling the cease-fire in Syria "very fragile," but says it's essential it hold so "inclusive political dialogue can continue."

Speaking Monday in Brussels, Ban said: "Just any small, unintended gunfire may break all this very fragile process." He called on Syrian authorities to exercise maximum restraint and said opposition forces "should also fully cooperate."

Ban said six members of the U.N.'s advance monitoring team have begun work, and the Security Council is expected to authorize a formal monitoring team of about 250 people later this week.

"It is the Syrian government's responsibility to guarantee freedom of access, freedom of movement within the country," he said.