The Syrian government have signed a UN agreement allowing a ceasefire monitoring mission to take place in the country. Military observers said they would stay in Syria until the "task has been completed", but would not discuss the matter further.
Syrian troops have shelled the central city of Homs in an apparent violation of an internationally brokered ceasefire, activists said.
Five protesters killed in Syria and UN envoys meet to vote on a resolution authorising the deployment of 30 UN observers to the country.
The UN is drafting a resolution to enable 30 unarmed observers to monitor the fragile ceasefire in Syria.