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article imageSyrians call for protests against any UN peacekeepers

By Katerina Nikolas     Dec 7, 2012 in World
Syrian activists are calling for protests against the possible deployment of United Nations peacekeeping forces in Syria which they believe would split the country into pro and anti-regime areas.
Ahram reported activists have launched the slogan "No to 'peacekeeping' forces in Syria," on the Syrian Revolution 2011 Facebook page.
Anti-regime activist Omar Shakir said: "The notion of a peacekeeping force as a solution for Syria has been in the air for some time. We want to deliver a message not only to the international community but also to the Syrian political opposition that nobody on the ground would accept the deployment of blue helmets. The Free Syrian Army is advancing at high speed towards the capital. If blue helmets are deployed, that would enable the regime to stay in power."
Lakhdar Brahimi, joint United Nations and Arab League peace envoy, was reportedly making plans for a 3,000 strong peacekeeping force to be sent to Syria, according to the Telegraph. Last month Russia indicated it was ready to discuss sending UN peacekeepers to Syria.
While activists today have called for protests against peacekeeping forces, Walid al-Bunni of the Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, said earlier this week that they would consider welcoming UN peacekeeping forces if President Bashar al-Assad left Syria. According to Ynet News al-Bunni was adamant that nothing coud be discussed until Assad and his top regime officials leave the country.
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