UN observers in Syria could abandon mission

They have been so usesless this wouldn't be much of a shock. But it was thought that they would stay at least until the middle of July when the Security Council is scheduled to reauthorize their mission. They might not even last that long. Guardian: UN monitors could be forced to abandon their mission in Syria in the face of escalating violence in the conflict between the regime and rebels, its commander signalled on Friday on another day of bloodshed and protests across the country. The comments by General Robert Mood, the Norwegian who commands the 300-strong UN observer team, were further evidence of the collapse of the peace plan promoted by Kofi Annan on behalf of the UN and Arab League. In a week that has seen repeated warnings that Syria is in an open civil war there is still no alternative international initiative on offer. Meanwhile the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, was described by a senior Arab official in close touch with Damascus as "losing contact with...(Read Full Post)