| International News | Sunday April 15 2012 9:49
An expert on Syria says it's hard to know if UN observers being sent into the country will help end the violence there.
The UN Security Council has authorised the immediate deployment of 30 unarmed observers, to monitor the ceasefire in Syria.
Waikato University's Professor Al Gillespie says it's possible nothing will change on the ground.
"There's UN observers in, effectively, stalemates all over the world counting missiles go over the top of them, or rockets go over the top of them.
"The worst case scenario, nothing changes, you just monitor what goes on. In the best case scenario you get the evidence clear and the international community will move forward."
Al Gillespie says the tipping point for the international community to move forward is the number of civilian deaths.