Arab League Proposes U.N. Force In Syria
The Arab League will propose a “peacekeeping joint force” with the United Nations to oversee the aftermath of a proposed cease-fire in Syria, the Cairo-based alliance announced Sunday.
The proposal was one of many points offered in a statement from the league, which met Sunday to discuss Syria. Other proposed measures included to “stop trading with the Syrian regime, except those directly affecting Syrian citizens.”
The Syrian government sternly indicated it was not on board with the plan offered by the Arab League, which suspended Syria late last month. Denying rampant accusations that its forces have killed thousands of civilians in a crackdown on popular unrest, the Damascus-based government has consistently blamed “armed terrorist groups.”
The international political maneuvering comes as reports continue to stream in about the violence in Syria.
U.N. officials estimate 6,000 people have died since protests se eking President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster began nearly a year ago.