Ceasefire Observers Head to Syria

    In this photo provided by the United Nations, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks via telephone to with U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan from his hotel room in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday, April 12, 2012, the deadline for the cease-fire in Syria. Syria's opposition called for widespread protests Friday to test the regime's commitment to an internationally brokered cease-fire that the U.N. chief described as so fragile it could collapse with a single gunshot. (AP Photo/The United Nations, Evan Schneider)

    Evan Schneider, The United Nations / AP Photo

    The United Nations is poised to send 30 unarmed monitors to make sure Syria is obeying its ceasefire agreement. The 15-member Security Council is expected to approve the deployment as early as Friday and eventually send up to 200 observers to make sure both sides adhere to the plan drafted by special envoy Kofi Annan. The U.N. had been slow to respond to the violence in Syria because Russia and China vetoed involvement in the escalating situation, but has since brokered a peace deal put in place this week, which U.S. officials and others around the globe have altered hopes about.

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