July 4 - U.N. Syrian mission chief Robert Mood says full work can resume once conditions in Syria improve. Travis Brecher reports.
The U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria said on Wednesday that it will resume its work once condition allow observers to go on patrols. General Robert Mood spoke with reporters in a Damascus hotel. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNSMIS CHIEF, ROBERT MOOD, SAYING: "We are reviewing this on a daily basis and immediately the conditions on the ground allow the implementation of our mandated tasks, we will resume the mandated tasks, and it has been reviewed on a daily basis." Mood's statement comes after a meeting with a Syrian government working group led by the country's deputy foreign minister. Despite the suspension of its activities and patrols more than two weeks ago, the U.N. mission continues to hold humanitarian visits to hospitals in Damascus. Diplomacy has so far failed to stem the bloodshed in Syria, with opposition leaders saying that more than 15,000 people have been killed during the 16-month conflict. World leaders agreed over the weekend to back talks on a transitional government, but they failed to narrow differences between the West and Russia over Western demands that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go. Turkey, which has long demanded the Syrian leader's removal, said Assad could play no part in a transitional government, but suggested the Syrian opposition would do well to accept envoy Kofi Annan's internationally-endorsed proposal. Travis Brecher, Reuters