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Citing Rising Violence, U.N. Suspends Mission in Syria

United Nations will suspend its activities and patrols in Syria because of the increasing violence according to the Associated Press.

Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, the United Nations' head of the observers, released a statement saying that the significant bloodshed posed severe risks to the observers and impairing their ability to carry out their mandate. 

 

"U.N. observers will not be conducting patrols and will stay in their locations until further notice," General Mood said in a statement Saturday. "Operations will resume when we see the situation fit for us to carry out our mandated activities."

The observers were sent to Syria to implement, special envoy for the United Nations and the Arab League, Kofi Annan's brokered peace plan that included a cease-fire, but both sides have continued to stage daily attacks and the observers have been caught in the violence on numerous occasions.

"The lack of willingness by the parties to seek a peaceful transition, and the push towards advancing military positions is increasing the losses on both sides," said General Mood. "It is also posing significant risks to our observers."

 

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