UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi drew up plans for the deployment of a 3000-strong peacekeeping force to the embattled country, Britain's Telegraph reported Saturday.

According to the report, the veteran Algerian diplomat who replaced former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan last month, spent recent weeks sounding out which countries would be willing to contribute soldiers.

The Telegraph claimed that Brahimi primarily focused on nations currently contributing to Unifil, set up to monitor Israel's border with Lebanon, which amongst others include Germany, France, Spain Italy, and Ireland.

Given the growing presence of Islamists within the ranks of Syria's rebel opposition, the report claimed that British and American forces would likely be excluded from taking part. The Telegraph also cited the two countries' past involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as further reason.

Brahimi is again set to visit Syria shortly to try to persuade President Bashar Assad to call a ceasefire, the absence of which diplomatic sources said has caused his office to consider the peacekeeping option in a "very serious" manner.

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