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Arab League wants UN to form joint Syria force

Sunday, February 12, 2012
Anti-Syrian regime protesters hold a demonstration in Idlib, Syria, Monday, Feb. 6, 2012.  (AP Photo)

Anti-Syrian regime protesters hold a demonstration in Idlib, Syria, Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. (AP Photo)

The Arab League will call on the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution creating a joint peacekeeping force for Syria.

According to a draft resolution to be adopted by Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo on Sunday, the 22-member group will also call for an immediate cease-fire in Syria. It demands that regime forces lift the siege on neighborhoods and villages and pull troops and their heavy weapons back to their barracks.

Syria is unlikely to accept a joint U.N.-Arab League peacekeeping force.

The draft also calls on Syrian opposition groups to unite ahead of a Feb. 24 meeting of the "Friends of Syria" group," which includes the United States, its European allies and Arab nations working to end the 11-month-old conflict in Syria.

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