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In Syria, How to Keep a UN Presence While Westerners "Save Face"? 20 DSS

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 2 -- After declaring final their July 20 extension of the UN Mission in Syria, Western Security Council members "can't back down and pass any extension resolution," a non-Western member opined to Inner City Press on Thursday afternoon.

  Meanwhile, sources in the administration of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon say even Ban still wants to keep some presence in Syria, either to "remain relevant" or due to the specter of Rwanda, of the UN's "shameful" cutting and running.

So how to keep a presence in Syria without another resolution? This is where the "twenty Department of Safety and Security staffers," as opposed to Troop Contributing Countries personnel, idea Inner City Press has reported on comes in.

The UN system operates in many countries without any Security Council resolution. Why not Syria?

But how would this be "saving face" for the Western countries? And wouldn't DSS be equally at risk

French Ambassador Gerard Araud midday on Thursday said the current Mission observers have to spend 95% of their time in their hotel rooms. How this is consistent with Babacar Gaye's report of visiting Homs and Al-Rastan is not clear.

Despite Gaye's report, when Ban Ki-moon spoke to the press he said Gaye was fired on. Some (mis) reported this firing from tanks. A senior Ban administration official told Inner City Press they had to correct this, it was something about the way Ban pronounced it. But maybe some just hear what they want to hear. Watch this site.

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