UN council approves up to 300 Syria truce monitors

By REUTERS
April 21, 2012 19:00

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Saturday that authorizes an initial deployment of up to 300 unarmed military observers to Syria for three months to monitor a fragile week-old ceasefire in a 13-month old conflict.

The Russia-European drafted resolution said that deployment of UN observer mission, which will be called UNSMIS, will be "subject to assessment by the Secretary-General (Ban Ki-moon) of relevant developments on the ground, including the cessation of violence."The council's resolution also noted that the cessation of violence by the government and opposition is "clearly incomplete."

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