UN council schedules Saturday vote on Syria monitors

April 21, 2012 07:47

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council has scheduled a vote on a draft resolution on Saturday to authorize the deployment to Syria of up to 300 unarmed military observers, despite US and European concerns that Damascus has yet to fully implement a ceasefire.

The United Nations announced on Friday the 15-nation council planned to hold the vote at 11:00 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT). It will be considering a compromise resolution that combines Russian and European drafts.

Council envoys reached a preliminary agreement on a draft resolution on the Syrian conflict, a crisis that has left the council divided since it erupted 13 months ago. But there was a possibility the deal could fall through since council members must seek final approval from their capitals overnight.

"It's possible not everybody will have instructions at that point (11:00 a.m.)," US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, president of the Security Council this month, told reporters. "It's possible there will not be an agreed text at that point, we'll see, and we'll regroup accordingly."

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