The UN Security Council on Thursday (August 16th) ordered the end of the UN Supervision Mission (UNSMIS) in Syria, AFP reported.
"The conditions to continue UNSMIS were not fulfilled," France's UN ambassador Gerard Araud said after a Council meeting on the Syria conflict.
"The mission will come to an end at midnight on Sunday," Edmond Mulet, the UN's assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, told reporters.
Earlier this year, the Security Council authorised sending up to 300 unarmed military observers to Syria to monitor a ceasefire that former UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, negotiated with President Bashar Assad.
The ceasefire did not hold and UNSMIS suspended its patrols on June 15th.
As of Thursday, the number of observers was cut to 101 unarmed military observers and 72 civilian staff. Mulet said the last observer will leave Damascus on Friday next week.
The Security Council supported a plan by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to establish a political liaison office in Damascus to monitor events there.
Mulet told reporters 20-30 people will probably be involved, with political, humanitarian and military experts taking part.
He said Syrian President Bashar Assad approved setting up the office.