UN suspends mission in Syria Jennie Ryan at 10:20 AM ET
[JURIST] The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) [official website] suspended its mission to supervise the implementation of a peace plan in the country on Saturday. Major General Robert Mood, head of the UNSMIS mission, blamed the group's exit from Syria [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on "an escalation in fighting and of the risk to his 300-strong team, as well as the 'lack of willingness' for peace by the warring parties." UNSMIS observers were in the country on a mission to supervise the end of military fighting, maintain communications with and free movement of UN mission officers in the country, allow access for humanitarian aid, release individuals detained without reason, provide protection to journalists and uphold the right to peaceful demonstration.
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