Syria violence too dangerous for UN monitors: Mood

UNITED NATIONS- Violence in Syria is "escalating," making it too dangerous for UN monitors to operate, UN mission chief Major General Robert Mood told the UN Security Council on Tuesday.
Mood, head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNMIS), outlined the worsening conditions four days after suspending patrols by the 300 unarmed monitors, diplomats at a closed council meeting told AFP.

"Violence is escalating," Mood was quoted as saying so the mission patrols could not run safely.
A Russian envoy at the meeting complained, however, that Mood should have consulted the Security Council before suspending operations, diplomats said.
Igor Pankin, Russia's deputy UN ambassador, said President Bashar al-Assad's government could not take all the blame for the violence, diplomats said.
Mood and Herve Ladsous, the head of UN peacekeeping, briefed the meeting about events in Syria as western nations stepped up condemnation of Assad's brutal offensive against opposition groups.
Syrian activists say that more than 14,400 people have been killed in the 15 months of an uprising against Assad.

Wednesday, June 20th 2012

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