The European Union has adopted new sanctions against Syria due of the continued bloodshed in the country despite a 10-day ceasefire, the EU's council of foreign ministers announced.
The new measures announced by the ministers, representing EU governments, would restrict exports to Syria of luxury products and goods that could be used for repression.
UN-Arab league envoy Kofi Annan said monitors in Syria should pave the way for a "much-needed political process" and urged both sides to engage in the process, according to Reuters.
UN-Arab league envoy Kofi Annan said Syrian forces "must desist from the use of heavy weapons" and withdraw from towns in the country in line with his peace plan, according to Reuters.
UN-Arab league envoy Kofi Annan has welcomed the approval of sending 300 monitors to Syria, according to Reuters.
He said: "This is now a pivotal moment for the stabilisation of the country".
Annan also called on the Syrian government's forces and the opposition to put down their weapons and work with the monitors.
Amateur video posted on the internet on Saturday claims to show UN obervers being escorted around the al Khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs in Syria. When gunfire is heard, the observers are ushered into a doorway for safety.
A handful of monitors has been in the country for a week as an advance party while diplomats hammered out the mandate to send 300 monitors.
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A spokesperson for the UN observer team to Syria, Neeraj Singh, said on Saturday that observers had completed a day long visit to the embattled city of Homs. He also confirmed that two members of the advance team were now deployed in Homs.
The visit came as the UN Security Council voted on Saturday to expand the mission to 300 members.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Security Council's decision to authorise up to 300 unarmed military observers to monitor Syria's fragile cease-fire and urged the government and opposition to make their deployment possible.
"(Ban) calls upon the Government of Syria and other parties swiftly to create the conditions necessary for the deployment of the mission," his press office said in a statement.
"He stresses the need for the Government of Syria to end all violence and human rights violations, and in particular to stop the use of heavy weapons and to withdraw such weapons and armed units from population centres," the statement said.
Good that UN Security Council voted unanimously to back full UN monitoring mission for #Syria. But regime violence continues, must stop
The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution that authorises an initial deployment of up to 300 unarmed military observers to Syria for three months to monitor a fragile week-old ceasefire in a 13-month old conflict.
The Russia-European drafted resolution said that deployment of U.N. observer mission, which will be called UNSMIS, will be "subject to assessment by the Secretary-General (Ban Ki-moon) of relevant developments on the ground, including the cessation of violence."
The council's resolution also noted that the cessation of violence by the government and opposition is "clearly incomplete."