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UNSC to send 300 observers to Syria

world Updated: Apr 23, 2012 00:20 IST
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The UN security council has voted to dramatically expand its monitoring mission in Syria, paving the way for up to 300 peacekeepers to be deployed to a country which has been brought to the brink of civil war in 13 months of violence.

The resolution called on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, as well as armed opposition groups, to cease all violence and for the government to respect its commitment to the security council to withdraw heavy weapons.

It gives UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon authority to decide when to deploy the additional observers, based on developments on the ground. Ban accused Assad on Thursday of failing to honour a ceasefire agreed earlier this month, and expressed dismay at the upsurge in violence.