UN suspends Syria patrols

The head of the UN observer mission in Syria has announced that it will suspend operations 'until further notice' due to escalating violence.

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Foreign Secretary condemns Assad regime

Commenting on the UN Mission’s decision to suspend its activities in Syria, Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

I regret that it has been necessary for the UN Mission to decide to suspend patrols and to restrict staff movements due to escalating violence in Syria. This underlines the extent of the deterioration of security and stability in Syria, and calls into serious question the viability of the UN Mission.

This worsening situation has been caused by the actions of the Assad regime. As Kofi Annan has said, the Syrian regime bears the primary responsibility for ending the violence and I condemn in the strongest terms its absolute failure to do so. I also call on the armed opposition in Syria to stop its violence.

UN Observers return to inspect damaged cars

UN observers inspect damaged UN cars upon their return to Damascus, Syria
UN observers inspect damaged UN cars upon their return to Damascus, Syria Credit: AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi

UN observers inspect damaged UN cars upon their return from al-Haffa, in northern Syria, to Damascus today. The monitors suspended their activities and patrols because of escalating violence in the country - the strongest sign yet that an international peace plan for Syria is disintegrating.

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White House urges Syria to implement ceasefire

We call again on the Syrian regime to uphold its commitments under the Annan plan, including the full implementation of a ceasefire.

At this critical juncture, we are consulting with our international partners regarding next steps toward a Syrian-led political transition as called for in Security Council resolutions.

– White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement

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