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Of News of Brahimi's 3000 Peacekeepers, Syria Calls It Rumor, Rice Hasn't Heard

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 15 -- Amid conflicting reports if envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is or is not proposing 3,000 peacekeepers for Syria, at the UN on Monday morning Inner City Press asked Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari about the reports.

"It could be a rumor," Ja'afari told Inner City Press, "it's an old idea." He advised waiting for when Brahimi returns to New York.

Moments later, Inner City Press asked US Ambassador Susan Rice about the reports of Brahimi proposing 3,000 peacekeepers. "I haven't heard anything about it," Rice replied. Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin indictated the same.

But the media circulates reports that the European Union, fresh off its Nobel Peace Prize win, has "approved" a plan from Brahimi for 3,000 peacekeepers. Qatar's foreign minister chimes in that they should be well armed.

It was from Baghdad that Brahimi was quoted denying the 3,000 peacekeeper plan attributed to him by the Syrian National Council. But now what will Brahimi say? Watch this site.

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