Middle East

United Nations considering 30 military observers for Syria

  • April 10: In this image provided by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria, Syrians hold the Syrian revolutionary flag aloft during a demonstration in Damascus, Syria.

    April 10: In this image provided by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria, Syrians hold the Syrian revolutionary flag aloft during a demonstration in Damascus, Syria.  (AP2012)

  • April 12: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks about the situation in Syria during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

    April 12: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks about the situation in Syria during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.  (AP)

A draft resolution being considered by the U.N. Security Council would authorize a first group of up to 30 unarmed military observers to deploy to Syria to monitor a cease-fire between government forces and opposition fighters.

The draft, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, demands that the government ensure freedom of movement for the observers and the ability to interview anyone they want in private.

It also demands that the Syrian government withdraw its troops and heavy weapons from population centers to their barracks.

If Syria does not implement its commitments, the draft expresses the council's determination "to consider further measures as appropriate."

In diplomatic terms, that could include sanctions which Russia and China, whose governments have backed Syria's government, have previously opposed.

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