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April 21, 2012 8:30 pm

UN to Send 300 Observers to Syria

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WSJ – UNITED NATIONS—The U.N. Security Council voted on Saturday to send 300 unarmed U.N. cease-fire observers to Syria as soon as the U.N. secretary-general determines it is safe to do so, as an advance team of seven monitors visited the battered city of Homs for the first time.

The 15-member council unanimously approved the full monitoring mission after a compromise was reached between Russia and the West. Moscow had wanted to deploy the observers immediately while Western powers had demanded that Syrian government forces withdraw from populated areas first, a key element of the U.N.’s six-point peace plan agreed to by the government and the rebels.

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