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UN to reduce number of unarmed observers in Syria

07-06-2012 23:58 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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Diplomats say UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to recommend the Security Council keep its Syria monitoring mission mandate unchanged while temporarily reducing the number of unarmed military observers.

The recommendation will be included in a report on options for the future of the mission, which Ban is expected to present to the 15-nation Security Council Friday. The idea is to shift the mission’s focus from observing a non-existent ceasefire to supporting efforts aimed at securing a political solution, which world powers say is the only way out of the crisis.

Diplomats say that among the other possible options in the report, which Ban recommends not pursuing, are increasing the size of the 300-strong unarmed military observer force and possibly arming them, or shutting down the entire mission.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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