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UN plans peacekeeping force for Syria, if ceasefire holds

posted Oct 22, 2012, 7:21 PM by Syrian Transition
22 Oct 2012 (AllVoices) The head of United Nations peacekeeping, Under-Secretary-General Herve Ladsous, said that the UN has made plans to assemble a peacekeeping force proposed by a special envoy for Syria, if a ceasefire during Eid al-Adha, from Oct. 26 to 29, takes hold.

"We are getting ourselves ready to act, if it is necessary and a mandate is approved," Ladsous told reporters, when asked about reports of the force being prepared, AFP reported.

Last March, the Security Council authorized the establishment of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), with up to 300 unarmed military observers to ensure the success of the six-point plan of international envoy Kofi Annan. But when the mission realized that there is no point of its existence as the violence continued—even targeting the mission's car several times—they left Syria and kept some of their team for tasks related to the UN.

The deputy secretary general of the Arab League, Ahmad bin Hilli, said Monday, "Unfortunately, the hope of establishing a truce in Syria for the holiday is weak.
“The signs on the ground and the reaction of the Syrian government do not show a real willingness to respond positively to this initiative," he said.

Meanwhile, the special representative of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Bogdanov, visited Iran on Monday to discuss the Syrian crisis and discuss regional issues, Fares news said.

He will also meet the Islamic republic's foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, the report added.

In a related development, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has confirmed that next week the UN and Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, will visit Moscow to discuss the ways to apply the Geneva communique, which states that the transitional government in Syria could include members of the current regime.

In July, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (the United States, China, Russia, France and Great Britain), as well as Turkey and countries representing the Arab League, agreed on the principles of a transition in Syria.

Opinion:

There will be no truce, and this is expected. However, diplomatic efforts continue to maintain the survival of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, despite his massacres.

It is surprising that the council is unable to issue a decision. Why doesn't the International Criminal Court issue an arrest warrant for Bashar and his regime because of its massacres against humanity?

I do not know why the international organizations and the Arab League avoid comparing the regime of Bashar to that of Gadhafi. Bear in mind that the Libyan revolution was in February 2011 and the international and NATO decision to intervene was in March 2011!

Moreover, the number of Libyan casualties at that time did not exceed 200. However, yesterday more than 175 people were killed in Syria, raising the death toll to nearly 40,000 since the beginning of the popular revolution against the regime of Bashar.

I guess I am not exaggerating when I say that the international community is involved with Bashar by supporting him in killing innocent people.

Russian and Iranian moves are not of my concern at all, because both support the Assad regime and reject any foreign interference in the country and accuse Western and Arab countries of arming the rebels fighting his forces.

Nevertheless, Lakhdar Brahimi's visit to Russia to discuss a transitional government, the regime of Bashar being part thereof, is surprising. At the same time, I do not think that the regime of Bashar will agree to it.

The diplomatic efforts are still going on, and top-level Vatican delegation is to visit Syria soon to discuss ways to solve the Syrian crisis peacefully.

Finally, the Free Syrian Army is only interested in liberating Syria and will constantly fight for their target. They also do not count on anyone's help. They do not even consider any peaceful solution except the elimination of Bashar regime.

For your information, my own sources confirm that most of the cities of Homs and Aleppo, despite the bombing and murder, are under the control of the Free Syrian Army. Almost no trace of Bashar’s regime can be seen there.
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