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Syrians are disappointed at the suspension of the UN mission and hope that it would resume operations soon.
Syrians are disappointed at the suspension of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) and hope that it would resume operations soon.
Mission head General Robert Mood said on Saturday in Damascus that due to the escalating of violence in Syria, the mission is suspending its activities, adding that UN observers will not be conducting patrols.
Syrians hope to see the crisis resolved through peaceful means, and many felt the UN supervision mission would help achieve this.
"I don't think the observer mission should stop its work," said a Syrian woman. "It is a long time since the security situation has deteriorated. What happened has happened anyway. They should continue their work for sake of the destiny of Syria."
The National Coordination Committee (NCC), one of Syria's main factions of opposition, expressed their regret over the suspension and called for the supervision mission to strengthen its security apparatus and resume operations.
The NCC head, Mahmoud Morei, said the Syrian government should shoulder the majority of responsibility for the intensifying violence. He suggested that the government should first stop using violence because it hasn't resolved the problem over the past 10 months. On the contrary, it had deepened the crisis, Morei said.
"We demand the Syrian authorities to stop all violence right away, even it is an unilateral ceasefire in order to seek a way out from the crisis," said Morei.
At the same time, the Syrian foreign ministry said it understood the UN mission's decision, noting that armed groups in Syria have ramped up assaults since the UN-led peace plan went into effect in April.
Some analysts, however, said the suspension could actually suppress the escalating violence, as it could place pressure on all concerned parties to create conditions for dialogue.