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August 17, 2012 8:46 am

UN Ends Syria Mission as Violence Spills Into Lebanon

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Photo: wiki commons.

Businessweek – The United Nations Security Council won’t renew its unarmed observer mission in Syria, conceding it was unable to stem the violence as concerns grew that the country’s conflict was spilling across borders.

The council decided yesterday in New York to let the mandate for the observer team expire, with operations scheduled to “fade out” beginning Aug. 19, French Ambassador to the UN Gerard Araud said. The mission has numbered about 300 unarmed military observers.

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