United Kingdom welcomes Security Council resolution

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Sir Mark Lyall Grant

UK ambassador Mark Lyall Grant

The United Kingdom has welcomed the Security Council  resolution to send monitors to Syria.

In his address to the chamber following the vote, UK ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said he regretted that it came after the Syrian people had suffered "unimaginable brutality" for more than a year.

 "The relative de-escalation of violence achieved on 12 April was a tentative and positive first step towards ending the crisis. But it is just that: a first step. Tens of innocent civilians have been killed since 12 April and heavy weapons remain deployed in population centres. Nevertheless, a narrow window now exists to improve the situation on the ground. That is why this council has authorized the deployment of an advance mission to monitor the cessation of violence, and why if it is sustained, we will work quickly to authorize a larger mission to monitor the cessation of violence and support the full implementation of Mr. Annan's six-point proposal.”

On Saturday, all 15 Security Council members voted  in favour of the resolution.

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