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UN is withdrawing its mission from Syria2012-08-17 13:45
The UN Security Council has announced the end of the international observer mission in Syria, the BBC reported. This was caused by the continuing bloodshed in the country.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The UN has announced this decision on Thursday, amid the growing international pressure on Assad to stop the 17-month armed conflict. According to the French Ambassador to the UN Gerard Aro, conditions of extending the mission's mandate were not fulfilled. He said this after the meeting of the UN Security Council.
Meanwhile, Syrian authorities have agreed to the deployement of the UN Coordination Office in Damascus, which would replace the international observer mission.
Office staff will be recruited of the UN staffs, who are now in Syria, and who wish to continue working in the country. The Office won't have the status of observers, as it requires a mandate from the Security Council, the ITAR-TASS reported.
"The office will be managed by the Secretary General, so this will be military advisers. We do not know how many of them there will be, but we are talking about a small number of experts who will advise the head office in Damascus on military issues", said the assistant secretary general of the United Nations for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mullen.