UN peacekeeping chief says preparing Syria contingency plan

By REUTERS
October 22, 2012 21:00

 
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UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations is preparing various contingency plans to send peacekeepers to Syria as part of a ceasefire or political deal, but it is too early say how many would be needed, UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said on Monday.

The UN-Arab League mediator in the Syria conflict, Lakhdar Brahimi, is attempting to persuade the Syrian government and rebels to accept a ceasefire during the three-day Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha that starts on Friday.

If there were a more sustained ceasefire, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations has told Brahimi it could put together a force of up to 3,000 monitors to keep fighters separated and maintain the truce, diplomats said.

Brahimi's suggested Eid al-Adha truce would be self-imposed, with no monitoring. Sending any UN monitors to Syria would require a UN Security Council mandate.

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