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In Syria, UN Military To Be Cut 50%, Ladsous Tells TCCs, Before UNSC

By Matthew Russell Lee, Partial exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, July 10 -- When top UN Peacekeeper Herve Ladsous strutted out of Conference Room 6 where he met with Syria Troop Contributing Countries on Tuesday afternoon, some attendees expressed surprise to Inner City Press.

  "He said the military component will be cut fifty percent in UNSMIS," a TCC representative exclusively told Inner City Press, referring to the UN Mission in Syria. "But how does he know what the Security Council will do?"

  Usually the UN Secretariat says that they can only propose, not decide. But here, Ladsous told TCCs what will happened -- just as on June 15 he told the Security Council that the Mission in Syria HAD already limited its mobile operations as of 6 pm that day, local time.

  As Inner City Press, which exclusively obtained and published Ladsous' DPKO notice, later was told by sources staying in the Hotel Dame Rose in Damascus, General Robert Mood on the night of June 15 didn't talk about the limitation, and his deputy and personnel went out on patrol on the morning of June 16.

  Now, at least one Permanent Five member of the Security Council tells Inner City Press that Mood does not want to continue in a "merely political mission." Perhaps with fifty percent of the military retained. Perhaps. Watch this site.

Footnotes: also exiting with Ladsous was his military adviser, and former commander in Congo, Babacar Gaye. At the same time back in the Security Council consultations room, Roger Meece was briefing the Council about (in) action in North Kivu. Shouldn't Gaye be on that too?

  After the meeting, Department of Field Support chief Amira Haq was on the North Lawn's second floor with her predecessor and now Ban chief of staff Susana Malcorra. Some wonder why it was Haq's deputy Tony Banbury and not Haq herself in the Syria TCC meeting. We are wishing Amira Haq well; this Syria debate needs more voices, including for hte UN's own credibility. Watch this site.

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