The country, which is a non-permanent member of the Security Council, called on âall sides to the conflict to fully implement their commitmentsâ made to the UN-Arab League Kofi Annan, deputy foreign minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said in a statement.
âThe Deputy Minister reiterated South Africaâs support for the call made by (Annan) regarding the urgent deployment of a UN Observer Mission to verify and monitor the ceasefire,â the statement said.
A ceasefire came into force at dawn on Thursday after a 13-month crackdown on dissent that has cost an estimated more than 10,000 lives.
The United States called for a vote on the resolution to allow an advance mission of 30 military observers to go to Syria next week to monitor the ceasefire.
The 15-member council will hold the vote at 1500 GMT on Saturday, but support from Syriaâs main ally Russia is uncertain.
South Africa abstained from voting in a failed resolution last October that would have threatened possible action against President Bashar al-Assad.
The resolution had a âhidden agendaâ to bring down Assadâs government, South Africa said at the time.
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