Syria’s ceasefire began over a week ago but images of violence persist and the death toll continues to rise.
Today the UN Security Council is set to vote on a draft resolution to send hundreds of unarmed military observers in to monitor the truce and help put envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan into practice.
“As soon as the Security Council adopts a resolution authorising up to 300 monitors on the ground, we will be ready to deploy very, very rapidly,” said Annan’s spokesman, Ahmad Fawzi.
A small advance team of UN observers is already in Syria whose conflict has divided the Security Council since it erupted 13 months ago.
However a compromise resolution, combining European and Russian drafts, will be considered. It is set to call for the deployment of up to 300 monitors for an initial three-month period.