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Syria Observer Mission to Remain Suspended, UN Says

The UN observer mission in Syria will remain suspended until violence there declines enough for the monitors to be able to move about the country and carry out their activities, the commander of the operation said today.

“We need to see a change if the activities of the mission in the current situation and under the current mandate are to be meaningful,” Major General Robert Mood told reporters after briefing the UN Security Council in New York.

The suspension will be reviewed daily with the aim of returning the mission to full operation, said Li Baodong, the Chinese ambassador to the UN, who holds the council’s rotating presidency.

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