The UN Security Council has reached a tentative agreement on late Friday on a draft resolution to expand the number of UN ceasefire observers to Syria to 300 international monitors, media reported. This is higher than the current 30, who are monitoring the fragile ceasefire that took effect a week ago.
The Security Council is due to vote on the resolution later on Saturday. France's U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud reportedly said that the draft would be sent to all 15 council members overnight for consideration before the vote. The resolution would also let Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon decide on their deployment based on certain conditions.
The Council reached the agreement after considering two versions proposed by Russia, Syria's most important ally, and European Council members. The final draft merges details of Russian and European versions, as per which military observers and civilian experts would initially be deployed for three months.
The draft also calls on the Syrian government and the opposition to immediately halt all violence. It also calls to urgently implement the six-point peace plan drafted by international envoy Kofi Annan. Despite the cease fire, at least 23 people were killed on Friday, reports said.
The international diplomats also met in Geneva on Friday to discuss ways of getting humanitarian aid to Syria. They agreed to a draft plan to provide $180 million for food, medicine and other supplies to people inside the country. However, the plan needs Syria's approval, reports said.
by RTT Staff Writer
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