Security Council unanimously votes to send observer team to Syria

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Susan Rice, Security Council president for April

The Security Council on Saturday unanimously adopted a resolution to send an advance monitoring team to Syria.

The resolution authorizes the deployment of up to 30 observers to monitor the ceasefire in Syria as proposed by UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan in his peace plan.

United States ambassador Susan Rice, Council president for April, spoke to journalists following the meeting.

She said the resolution calls on Syria to immediately implement its commitments to Mr. Annan's plan.

"The resolution also expresses the council's intention to establish a broader observer mission once the Secretary-General presents a blueprint and it is clear the ceasefire is holding and the government is cooperating."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Mr. Annan, who met in Geneva on Saturday, have welcomed the Security Council vote.  They also stated their commitment to seeing that the monitors are deployed “as quickly as possible.”

 (Duration: 17 secs)

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