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Delay of UN Observers to Syria Called Ridiculous, Unorthodox Ways Sought

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, April 24 -- After UN Peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous told the Security Council he would take a full month get only 100 observers to Syria, he was told by at least two Permanent members that that was far too slow.

Inner City Press spoke exclusively with Chinese Ambassador Li Baodong after the briefing by Kofi Annan and Ladsous. Li Baodong told Inner City Press, "I think we should deploy observers as soon as possible. Kofi needs that, the people in Syria need that. Let people go to Syria to monitor the situation."

Having been told the "one hundred in one month" figure by another delegation, Inner City Press asked Li Baodong what China thought of that pace.

"We believe too slow, ridiculous," replied Li Baodong, adding that this pace "undermines the mission."

So what excuses did Ladsous give?

Li Baodong said, "he said they don't have enough people, troop contributing countries, and also they need training."

Responding to another question from Inner City Press, Li Baodong concluded, "China would like to send some [observers, to] join that mission."

Moments later, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told the press that, "we need to try to see what can be done in order to deploy the monitors quicker than currently anticipated... So far there are just twelve monitors and I think a number of colleagues including myself simply urged them to look for some unorthodox ways to expedite the process."

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