UN Approves Last 30 Days for UN Observers in Syria

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution extending the 300-strong U.N. observer force in Syria for a final 30 days while leaving open the possibility of an extension.
Russia said it would veto the original British draft but joined the 14 other council members Friday in supporting a revised British text.
It would end the observer mission in 30 days but renew it if Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council confirm that the use of heavy weapons has ended and the level of violence in Syria is reduced.
The mandate of the 300-strong mission had been set to expire Friday.
Pressure is mounting on the regime of President Bashar Assad to end the civil war.

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