The UN and Arab League envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan says he is sending a team to Damascus to discuss setting up a new international monitoring mission.
After briefing the Security Council about his peace efforts, Annan renewed calls for an end to fighting and for un-impeded humanitarian aid.
Syria stated that it was ready to co-operate with Annan, but also reaffirmed its determination to combat terrorists.
Meanwhile the Turkish government has urged its nationals to leave Syria.
The foreign ministry in Ankara stated that developments in Syria have led to serious security risks.