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Friday, 17 August 2012 - 8:38
UN Syria observer mission over, says Security Council
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The United Nations has called an end to its military observer mission in Syria, days before its mandate expired.

A small, civilian office will be set up instead to maintain political contacts.

The UN mission had been part of envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan. But continued violence made the observers' mission increasingly difficult.

Russia warned earlier that pulling out of Syria would have "serious negative consequences" for the region.

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