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February 24, 2012 12:55 pm

“Friends of Syria” Meeting, Including U.S. and UK, Call for UN Force in Syria

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British Foreign Secretary William Hague. Photo: wiki commons.

USA Today/AP – The nations that make up the Friends of Syria group will call Friday for the United Nations to begin planning a Syria peacekeeping mission once the regime agrees to a cease-fire, a senior diplomat said.

The United States, European and Arab nations were set to demand that Syrian President Bashar Assad agree to an immediate cease-fire and allow humanitarian aid into areas hardest hit by his regime’s brutal crackdown on opponents, or face as-yet unspecified punishments and an increasingly emboldened and powerful armed resistance.

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