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France weighs peacekeepers

Paris, June 15 (Reuters): France said today it would discuss with EU colleagues the possibility of sending peacekeeping forces to West Asia if they could help to halt Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed.

Speaking after a week of violence that threatens a US-backed “road map” for peace, French foreign minister Dominique de Villepin said peacekeepers would only be sent with the backing of the international community.

“Let’s see what such a force could contribute on the ground,” Villepin told French radio station Radio J.

“If it appears that all the parties want it and that a peacekeeping force would halt movements of terrorists or act in such a way as to avoid raising the stakes, then let’s do it.”

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