UN official: No deal yet with Syria over use of air assets

April 19, 2012 18:30

UNITED NATIONS - The deputy head of UN peacekeeping told the Security Council on Thursday that the United Nations has yet to reach agreement with Damascus on the use of crucial air assets by an expanded UN ceasefire monitoring mission in Syria, envoys said.

Edmond Mulet, deputy head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, informed the 15-nation council that air assets were not covered in a preliminary agreement Syria and the United Nations signed on Thursday, council envoys told Reuters on condition of anonymity.Mulet said that Syria and the world body agreed to sort out the issue later, though he emphasized that use of aircraft "will be vital to the mission," a diplomat said.

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