Arab League set to appeal for international peacekeepers

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Arab League set to appeal for international peacekeepers

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Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo are set to call on the U.N. Security Council to send an international peace keeping force to Syria.

Reports say the Arab League also wants tighter implementation of economic sanctions that Arabs imposed last year. Its understood a draft resolution will call for a halt of diplomatic cooperation with Syria. The opposition has called for action too.

“We have asked for the withdrawal of army tanks and security forces from the cities. We are talking about 3,000 soldiers who are well equipped, that would be enough. We have also asked for humanitarian aid agencies to be allowed into Syria,” said Abdel Basig Saida Syrian National Council, opposition.

As part of the Arab initiatives to try and bring an end to the bloodshed in Syria, Tunisia said it would host the first meeting of a, “Friends of Syria,” contact group next week made up of Arab and other states and backed by Western powers.

While the Arab League meeting was in progress there were demonstrations on the streets outside the Egyptian parliament. Our correspondent in Cairo, Mustafa Bag says,

“ During the meeting of the Arab League these people demonstrated in front of the parliament. They are calling for the Syrian ambassador to be expelled from Cairo.”