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
"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
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