United Nations - Apr 19, 2012 - 07:17
Here's a quick summary of recent developments:
• Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, says 300 unarmed observers should be sent to Syria for three months - to monitor the fragile ceasefire between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and opposition fighters.
• In his report, which has been released to the UN Security Council, Ban also stated that it was "critical" for Assad to carry out his commitments.
• The number is a fraction of the peacekeeping forces sent to other areas of conflict.
• Ban said there was still a chance for progress in Syria, despite the incomplete ceasefire.
• He had originally recommended 250 unarmed military observers.
• Helicopters and planes could be supplied by European countries.
• Ban told the Security Council that Syria has yet to send a "clear signal" about its commitment to peace.
For more detail and context, read our news story - UN chief says Syria has broken ceasefire
• Meanwhile, the US secretary of state says the conflict in Syria is now taking place on NATO's borders.
• Syria's foreign minister maintains his country is observing the ceasefire.
• But, speaking in Brussels, Clinton says more pressure should be put on Assad:
"We are at a crucial turning point, either we succeed in pushing forward with Kofi Annan's plan in accordance with the Security Council direction, with the help of monitors, steadily broadening and deepening a zone of non-conflict and peace, or we see Assad squandering his last chance before additional measures have to be considered. Now we will continue to increase the pressure on Assad."
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(An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on April 18, allegedly shows Moroccan UN observer, Colonel Ahmed Himmiche, surrounded by anti-government protesters during a tour by UN monitors in the Damascus suburb of Irbin on the same day - AFP/HO/YOUTUBE)