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In Syria, Mood Will Leave After 3 Months, Downgraded Mission for Ladsous?

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, June 29 -- Robert Mood will not continue in Syria when the three month Mission mandate expires, Security Council sources have exclusively told Inner City Press.

  Rather than convert Mood's observer mission into an armed peacekeeping mission, as some had proposed, now Secretary General Ban Ki-moon intends to downgrade it to a "political mission" led by a civilians, even smaller than the current 300 person UNSMIS.

  To some this seems like throwing in the towel. A more cynical view is that some in the West and Gulf want things to get worse in Syria, either to justify further arming the rebels, or to intervene.

  It is under this logic that Ban's French head of peacekeeping Herve Ladsous gave Security Council's a notice on June 15, as exclusively reported by Inner City Press that day, which claimed that UNSMIS had limited its mobile operations as of 6 pm Syria time that day.

But Inner City Press sources in Damascus' Hotel Dama Rose say that Mood was unaware on the night of June 15 of the shut down, and that his men including Moroccan deputy went out on patrol on the morning on June 16.

Could this be among the reasons that Mood will not continue past July 20? Or is this notification intended to be an ultimatum?

   In the run up to tomorrow's ministerial talks in Geneva, some well placed Council sources tell Inner City Press not matter what is agreed there, "neither side in Syria will implement it."

  They predict further escalation: "the government used light arms, so the rebels got them. The government used tanks, and suddenly the rebels got anti-tank weapons" from Qatar and Saudi Arabia. "Now that the government's using helicopters, the rebels will get surface to air missiles and shoot one down. Then what?"

   General Mood... is leaving, Inner City Press can exclusively report. Watch this site.

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