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April 3, 2012
UN peacekeepers to Syria but is Assad serious about the pullback?
It's not clear whether the UN is going to send bona fide, Robin's egg blue helmeted peacekeepers or unarmed peace "monitors" to Syria to watch over compliance by the Syrian government with the terms of the cease fire to which President Assad has agreed. Whatever they are, they are going to have their hands full. VOA: An advance U.N. team is due to arrive in Syria within 48 hours to discuss the deployment of peacekeepers in a bid to halt violence from the government's year-long crackdown on dissent.A spokesman for U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan made the announcement Tuesday, saying the group would work out the details of deploying international monitors to Damascus. The announcement comes a day after Annan said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had agreed to begin pulling out his forces from opposition protest hubs and complete the pullout by April 10.U.N. diplomats say President Assad also agreed to several "immediate" steps including a cessation of troop movements...(Read Full Post)