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Chief UN monitor in Syria: mission irrelevant without political process

Maj. Gen. Robert Mood says without political process Syria is not on track for peace as violence escalates

AP , Thursday 19 Jul 2012
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The chief UN observer in Syria says his mission is irrelevant without a political process seeking to end the country's civil war.

Maj. Gen. Robert Mood told reporters in Damascus Thursday that "we are not on the track for peace," citing intense fighting in and around the capital this week.

Mood's comments come a day after a rebel bomb attack struck the heart of the regime of President Bashar Assad, killing the defense minister, his deputy and a former defense minister.

The UN Security Council is to vote Thursday on whether to renew the monitoring mission, which expires Friday.

Syria's 16-month crisis has evolved into a civil war, with scores of rebel groups fighting to topple Assad's regime.

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