UN Team Expected in Syria
A team from the United Nations peacekeeping department is expected in Damascus within 48 hours. They will be there to discuss deployment of observers to monitor a ceasefire in Syria. This is part of the six-part peace plan put forward by Annan to halt the fighting. "A DPKO [Department of Peacekeeping Operations] planning mission should be arriving in Damascus within 48 hours," spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday. UN peacekeepers are planning for a ceasefire monitoring mission that would have 200 to 250 unarmed observers.