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Ex-war crimes prosecutor quits panel probing Syria abuses

Renowned former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte is resigning from the UN's Syria panel after a five-year stint, criticising the Security Council's inaction in holding criminals accountable.

In comments to Blick magazine published on Sunday, Ms Del Ponte expressed frustration about the independent commission of inquiry and criticised both President Bashar Assad's government and the opposition.

The former prosecutor for the international war crimes tribunals that investigated atrocities in Rwanda and Yugoslavia has repeatedly decried the Security Council's refusal to appoint a similar court for Syria's civil war, now in its seventh year.

Permanent member Russia is a key backer of Assad's government.

The commission issued a statement insisting its work "must continue" to help bring perpetrators in Syria to justice.

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