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Top UN Syria monitor briefs Security Council Tuesday

France and other Security Council members will examine steps to take following the suspension of the UN's monitoring mission in Syria after its head briefs them on Tuesday

AFP , Monday 18 Jun 2012
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"Major-General (Robert) Mood, the head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria, will brief the Security Council on Tuesday following the suspension of the observer mission," , the French foreign ministry said on Monday.

"After this presentation we will examine, along with our partners on the Security Council, which conclusions should be drawn," he said.

The mission announced on Saturday the suspension of its operations short of its three-month mandate, blaming the intensifying violence in Syria threatening the 300-strong force.

Valero said France, one of five permanent Security Council members, remained committed to using Chapter Seven of the UN Charter, which allows measures to be imposed on a country under penalty of sanctions or the use of force, to back up joint UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's Syria peace plan.

"Faced with the regime's relentless repression, particularly in the city of Homs which is being shelled by Syrian armed forces, it is more than ever necessary to confer binding force on the Annan plan by putting it under Chapter Seven," Valero said.

French President Francois Hollande was to discuss the question of Syria with fellow world leaders during a G20 summit in Mexico starting Monday, Valero said. Among those attending will be President Vladimir Putin of Russia, the Syrian regime's key international ally.

"We will raise with our partners the question of strengthening sanctions against the Syrian regime and against all those taking part in the repression it is waging against its people," Valero said.

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