July 2 - The head of the U.N. monitoring mission in Syria, General Robert Mood, returns to Damascus after a weekend meeting in Geneva. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) The head of the United Nations observer mission in Syria arrived back in Damascus on Monday (July 2) after attending an international meeting in Geneva. General Robert Mood was in Switzerland at the weekend for a gathering of world leaders to try and find a solution to the Syria crisis. At the meeting, world powers struck an agreement that a transitional government should be set up in Syria to end the conflict there but they remained at odds over what part President Bashar al-Assad might play in the process. The talks had been billed as a last-ditch effort to halt the worsening violence in Syria but hit obstacles as Russia, Assad's most powerful ally, opposed Western and Arab insistence that he must quit the scene. Meanwhile U.N. observers continued their work on Monday by visiting local hospitals. The full monitoring mission was suspended in mid-June when Mood said the fighting in the country posed a threat to his unarmed observers. The mission, known as UNSMIS, is still engaged in limited monitoring activity, but largely confines its activities to humanitarian work.