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UN extends Syria observers' mission

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution extending the 300-strong UN observer force in Syria for a final 30 days while leaving open the possibility of an extension.

Russia said it would veto the original British draft but joined the 14 other council members today in supporting a revised British text.

It would end the observer mission in 30 days but renew it if Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council confirm that the use of heavy weapons has ended and the level of violence in Syria is reduced.

The mandate of the 300-strong mission had been set to expire today.

Pressure is mounting on the regime of President Bashar Assad to end the civil war.

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