Some Nations Ready to Deploy Syria Peacekeepers, Says Kerry

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that some countries might be prepared to send peacekeeping troops to Syria, as the U.N. leads efforts to bring the warring sides together and end the war.

The top U.S. diplomat also acknowledged in an interview with Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television that President Bashar Assad was not ready to make peace.

Kerry was speaking a day after telling the opening of a peace conference in Switzerland that the Syrian leader could have no role in any future transitional government after three years of war.

Expectations are low for a breakthrough at the talks, dubbed Geneva II, which bring the opposition and the regime together for the first time since an uprising began in March 2011.

But as the U.N. works on trying to get both sides around the negotiating table on Friday, the United States has called for agreement on local ceasefires and improved aid access to reach stricken communities.

"If there is a peace agreement there are many countries that have already offered to step up and be peacekeepers in the new Syria," Kerry told the television station.

"There is no question, but that we are all prepared to help provide protection to any of the minorities."

But he stressed to Al-Arabiya during the interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos that there would not be any American boots on the ground.

While he did not name any countries, he said they would be countries acceptable to Syria.

Kerry also said that Assad was "not ready at this point and time" to make peace. "This is a man who has committed war crimes," he added.

Comments 3
Thumb geha 23 January 2014, 21:13

m8 guys: where are you?

do you understand? or not yet?

on top of that: Lavrov assured to Al JArba that Russia does not hold on for bachar :)

I think it is clear enough?

Missing nick.olson.92102 23 January 2014, 23:08

this type of delusional chatter has been ongoing for years, kerrys remarks are typical of a managed puppet.

Thumb -phoenix1 24 January 2014, 13:55

Might and Will are not the same when it comes to commitment. In Lebanon, we're still waiting for the promised full numbers of peacekeepers, and this is for little Lebanon, would bigger Syria fare any better under the word Might?