By Jeremy Herb - 04/20/12 04:24 PM EDT
"As soon as the Security Council adopts a resolution authorizing up to 300 monitors on the ground, we will be ready to deploy very, very rapidly," Fawzi said.
Annan has proposed a six-point peace plan that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to, but repeated reports of violence in Syria threaten to derail the cease-fire that’s a key element of the plan.
As the violence continues, calls for military action have increased. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Thursday that the cease-fire had failed and the international community needed to provide arms and airstrike support to the rebels.
The Obama administration has remained opposed to using military action in Syria, while condemning the continued violence and pushing for a diplomatic solution.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was in Paris for a “Friends of Syria” group meeting Thursday, called for “tougher actions” against the Syrian regime and sanctions.
“We have to keep Assad off balance by leaving options on the table,” she said.