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Commenting on the UN Mission’s decision to suspend its activities in Syria, Foreign Secretary William Hague said:
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.
Following the suspension of the United Nations monitoring of Syria, the White House has urged Syria to abide by Kofi Annan's plan and says it is consulting partners on "next steps".
Vehicles used to take UN observers out on patrol stood empty in the car park of their Damascus hotel today after the decision was taken to suspend patrols due to escalating violence. Bullet holes, broken windows and scratches are clearly visible in some of the vehicles.
The chief UN observer Major General Robert Mood has said that the UN "remains committed" to assisting with bringing about a lasting peace and promoting a political dialogue in Syria, but that conditions are too dangerous to continue with patrols.
The chief UN observer Major General Robert Mood has said that the UN has decided to suspend operations and will not be operating any patrols in the country "until further notice".
He said the observers would remain in their bases in the country, and that the suspension would be reviewed "on a daily basis".
The UN monitors that have been observing the implementation of the ceasefire in Syria have suspended operations due to escalating violence, according to the chief monitor.
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The UN observer mission to Syria, which was overseeing the implementation of a ceasefire, has suspended patrols citing escalating violence