[JURIST] The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) [official website] suspended its mission to supervise the implementation of a peace plan in the country on Saturday. Major General Robert Mood, head of the UNSMIS mission, blamed the group's exit from Syria [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on "an escalation in fighting and of the risk to his 300-strong team, as well as the 'lack of willingness' for peace by the warring parties." UNSMIS observers were in the country on a...

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