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Bildt 'worried' about UN withdrawal from Syria

17 Aug 2012, 17:13

Published: 17 Aug 2012 17:13 GMT+02:00

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“It is obviously very worrying that the UN presence is now reduced so significantly. Although the possibilities of influencing the UN Mission have been much more limited than we had hoped for, they have of course been an opportunity to observe the development and sometimes an opportunity to do work for individuals,” said Bildt to TT.

The army clashed with rebels near a military airport close to Damascus, and shelled the capital's southern outskirts with artillery, according to the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), wrote AFP.

Parts of Aleppo and the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr (Deir Ezzor) have been ravaged by conflict during the day, and at least twenty lives have been required. There is no independent confirmation that the data does not exist.

The surrounding world is powerless to act before the violence and the UN Security Council decided on Thursday to withdraw the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) from Syria. UNSMIS was established in April but was forced in June to cancel its patrols because of the attacks.

Bildt told Sveriges Radio (SR) on Friday that some 1,000 Swedes of Syrian-Kurdish background are currently stranded in the country.

"We are dealing with a rather tricky consular situation where we are trying to help these people home via Turkey in different ways," said Bildt to SR.

TT/The Local/og

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20:23 August 17, 2012 by Eric1
The UN is as useful in Syria as a teat on a boar hog. The only thing the UN is good for is giving emergency cocktail parties.
20:40 August 17, 2012 by Uncle

Yeah, but Bildt HAS to say something, otherwise one could think that he is a useless and unimportant official, whose job is to collect salary for looking concerned about stuff on camera...
20:42 August 17, 2012 by Rishonim
@ Eric, thats exactly right. They may as well send a troop of girl scout to monitor the situation.
03:53 August 18, 2012 by philster61
Bildt should worry about the repercussions of lecturing Ecuador.
07:18 August 18, 2012 by Grokh
They been slaughtering people ( both government as well as rebels)

while the observers observed...

withdrawing the observers will change what?

Bildt is an i.diot
15:58 August 18, 2012 by indeedmagnifier
Bildt is worried for his dictator friends,

in this case his worried his favorite Bashar al Assad gets overthrown.
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