21 Apr 2012

Security Council to vote on Syria observers

1:48 pm on 21 April 2012

The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Saturday on a resolution allowing a ceasefire observer force to be sent to Syria.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked this week for the force to be set up even though President Bashar al-Assad has not withdrawn troops and heavy weapons as agreed in a ceasefire plan.

Russia and European nations proposed rival resolutions on the 300-strong UN ceasefire force, which were merged during talks on Friday.

But not all details have been finalised.