UN plans for Syria peacekeeping force

2012-10-22 22:13

New York - The United Nations has made plans to assemble a peacekeeping force for Syria if a ceasefire proposed by a special envoy takes hold, a top official said on Monday.

UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous stressed, however, that planning was very tentative while fighting rages in Syria and would be dependent on the UN Security Council overcoming its bitter divisions on the 19-month-old conflict.

"We are getting ourselves ready to act if it is necessary and a mandate is approved," Ladsous told reporters when asked about reports of the force being prepared.

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi appealed to President Bashar Assad at the weekend to observe a ceasefire during a Muslim holiday this week. Fighting has shown no sign of easing, however.

Ladsous said a figure of 3 000 troops in a force for Syria, given by some media reports, was "completely theoretical".


Any force would need the approval of the 15-nation Security Council, which has been deadlocked on Syria since the start of the conflict.

Russia and China have vetoed three resolutions which could have led to a threat of sanctions against the Assad government.

A UN observer mission was sent to Syria for three months this year. But the 300 unarmed troops were withdrawn because of the mounting dangers and the Assad government's rejection of political moves to end the crisis.

"Right now the focus is really on Lakhdar Brahimi's efforts to achieve a ceasefire, whether temporary or more durable," Ladsous said, dampening immediate hopes for a force.

But he added: "I would confirm that of course we are giving a lot of thought to what would happen if and when a political solution, or at least a ceasefire would emerge."

He went on to say that "subject to what the Security Council might decide eventually, we are giving thoughts to what we could do contribute ... within in the framework of a solution, to provide security, to possibly protect civilians."

Ladsous said the size of any force would depend on the tasks it was given.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-23 05:16

    . Any ceasefire with this assad terorists won't last, this monster is out to murder his opposition, which is the majority of Syrians !! This psychopath will fight to the bitter end , to keep "his" country !! It is time to send in foreign forces and have this WAR CRIMINAL forcibly removed. Within HOURS , most of the killings will come to an end, the soldiers, after they have been assured of their pay, will go back to the baracks, and the politicians can start planning a new Syria, without these assad scumbags. And Russia? To hell with these bastards!! in any case this Putin clown has his hands full with some punksters!!!!

  • Shaun McDermott - 2012-10-23 06:42

    here we go again...... the useless UN getting involved.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-23 07:38

    What will be the make up of this force as too many countries have a dog in this fight, especially the Arab countries who would have been the obvious choice, because of their understanding of the local culture and customs.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-23 07:42

      . Like in Libya, the Syrian population could not give a damn, where help comes from, yes even from your friends, some Al-Quada pockets. This civil war will not stop, untill these assad dogs are out, dead or alive!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-23 08:27

      You obviously have no idea what peace keeping entails, and what dynamics have to be considered by the UN in arriving at its decision and the make up of such a force. But making hollow unintelligent posts which lack anything resembling insight is your trade mark. Go ahead and be willfully ignorant!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-23 09:22

      . NO , it is YOU, who don't understand the determination of a people, who have been suppressed and abused by a psychopath for FIFTY YEARS, and who have decided that this is the end of tyranny in THEIR country !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-23 09:28

      I don't counter rhetoric, I recognise futility in conversing with you, so sue me that your head is stuck so far up your azz that you have difficulty breathing!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-23 09:35

      . Shame, you and this Patrick should go on stage, and have a 'dirty words show" It should be succesful, at least 10 patrons will show up !!

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-23 08:24

    A peacekeeping force is a contradiction in terms, especially a foreign one.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-23 15:03

    This is surely an exercise in futility,whatever credibility NATO and the US once had, is long gone regarding Syria.The only countries that could resemble any possible credible peacekeeping force would have to come from amongst the Arab league..not including Qatar,Saudi Arabia and Turkey..!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-23 18:05

      Dankie, There is no one on this comment site soooo confused about Syria as you are.....!!! WHAT has Nato and the USA got to do with what's happening in Syria??????????

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