U.N. votes to send 300 monitors to Syria

According to the Washington Post, the U.N. Security  Council unanimously approved sending 300 observers to Syria to monitor the violence, which has escalated since the ceasefire between government and opposition groups was supposed to begin more than a week ago.

The resolution establishes a UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) “’comprising an initial deployment of up to 300 unarmed military observers as well as an appropriate civilian component’ for an initial period of 90 days to monitor the cessation of violence and the implementation of international envoy Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan,” according to the article. It gives Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who accused Bashar al-Assad of failing to honor the ceasefire on Thursday, authority to decide when to deploy the additional monitors, according to the article.

Ban’s spokesman said in a statement Saturday that welcomed the resolution that Ban demanded that Syria ends its violence and “the gross violations of the fundamental rights of the Syrian people”and send the troops and weapons back to the barracks.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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