Friday, May 04, 2012 -
Kyrgyzstan will send eight peacekeepers to Syria, the Kyrgyz representative to the UN said on Friday.
“Kyrgyzstan is going to send to Syria eight peacekeepers,” Kyrgyz Representative to the UN Taalaibek Kyrdyr told the KyrTAG news agency on Friday.
“Of these, seven already have documents that are ready and they are ready for shipment.”
Intrastate violence in Syria between rebel groups and dictator Bashar Assad’s government forces has been wracking the country for months, with the UN estimating 9,000 dead in shelling and bombing.
Former Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan, has presented a six-point plan to quell the violence in the Middle Eastern state, which includes allowing UN peacekeepers into the country as well as a ceasefire by both sides.
UN peacekeepers are charged with keeping the ceasefire, which observers and diplomats say has already been violated by Assad’s forces.
The UN plans to send in a peacekeeping task force of 300.