UN: Syria's too dangerous for monitors to resume work

June 26, 2012 18:28

UNITED NATIONS - UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that the increasing danger in Syria made it impossible for the UN observer mission to consider resuming operations at the moment, a council diplomat said.

Ladsous also told the 15-nation council that the Syrian government has barred the unarmed UN observer mission from using satellite telephones, a key tool for their work, the diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

The head of the UN mission in Syria, General Robert Mood, announced on June 16 that the mission was suspending operations due to the increasing risks to the 300-strong force of military observers, who have been targeted with gunfire and bomb attacks.

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