Russia studying Syria peacekeeper proposal

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MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's foreign minister says his country will study an Arab League proposal for a joint peacekeeping mission in Syria with the United Nations.

However, Sergey Lavrov said Monday that a cease-fire would have to be declared before any such mission could be deployed.

"We should first have peace, which would be supported," Lavrov said at a news conference in Moscow with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The Arab League made the proposal for the joint peacekeeping mission Sunday. The Syrian government quickly rejected the idea.