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article imageLast of U.N. observers withdraw from Syria

By Paul Iddon     Aug 18, 2012 in World
The United Nations has sent the final group of observers out of war ravaged Syria as violent clashes continue on regardless. Their commander has expressed frustration over their inability to minimize the ongoing violence.
In their reports on this development The Guardian and NY Times state that the United Nations has withdrawn the last 100 of their 300 observers that made up the U.N. mission there.
General Babacar Gaye stated that the opposition and the regimes respective forces have failed and continue to fail in carrying out their moral duty to protect civilians caught in the crossfire. He said that, "Initially the ceasefire was rejected, violence decreased and we were able to do our work throughout the country." He added that, "By the middle of June it was clear that the parties were no longer committed to the ceasefire and the result has been an escalation in violence."
Mr. Gaye had called for an end to the violence and insisted that the UN "will not leave Syria," and stated that the mission there pledging that, "We will continue the search to move from violence to dialogue."
This development comes as Lakhdar Brahimi replaced Kofi Annan's role as the UN-Arab League peace envoy. He acknowledged the divisions and diverging opinions on how to handle the Syrian crisis that exist in the Security Council. He was quoted as saying accordingly, "When I go to New York I will be asking for lots of things. How to organize ourselves, whom we are going to talk to, what kind of plan we are going to put together."
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