UN military observers leave Syria

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UN Observer Group met opposition members in El Karak, Syria, April 2012, UN Photo/Neeraj Singh

United Nations military observers left Syria on Monday after a four-month mission in the conflict-torn country.

Last week the Security Council decided not to renew their mandate which expired on Sunday.

The President of the Security Council in August, Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, said the Security Council agreed to the establishment of a political office in Damascus to press ahead with ways to resolve the crisis.

He was asked if a Council resolution would be necessary for the establishment of a political office in Syria.

"I don't know if in legal terms it's absolutely necessary, but in political terms, obviously, considering first the seriousness of the crisis, secondly the division of the Security Council, it was necessary to send a message that all the 15 members of the Security Council will support and will approve the idea of a liaison office."

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Veteran Algerian diplomat, Lakhdar Brahimi has been appointed the new United Nations Arab League envoy for Syria to help end the conflict in the country.

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