The UN Security Council has decided not to renew the mandate of the international observer mission in Syria. It will be rolled up on the night of August 20. This was reported by Russia's Permanent UN Representative Vitaly Churkin after closed-door consultations at the Security Council.
The mission will be replaced by a political liaison office in Damascus. Moscow regrets the closing of the observer mission, said the diplomat. According to him, the decision was advocated by those Council members who do not seek an end to military action in Syria and a peaceful settlement there.
However, Russia is satisfied that the Security Council took into account recommendations of the UN Secretary General to maintain a liaison office in Damascus, said Churkin.