300 monitors needed to monitor Syrian 'ceasefire'

The United Nations should send 300 monitors to Syria as soon as possible to try to stop a wave of killing and violence that a ceasefire has failed to halt, a spokesman for UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan said.

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. Credit: Reuters

Seven unarmed U.N. observers are in Syria monitoring aweek-old truce, with two to follow on Monday, and the full advance team of 30due to be deployed in the coming week, the spokesman, Ahmad Fawzi, said.

But preparations are already under way for the arrival of up to 300 more observers, whose deployment he said he hoped the U.N. Security Council would approve in the next two to three days.