Syria's opposition coalition may allow peacekeepers if Assad leaves

CAIRO Sat Dec 1, 2012 11:03am EST

CAIRO Dec 1 (Reuters) - Syria's newly formed opposition coalition said on Saturday it may allow an international peacekeeping force into Syria if President Bashar al-Assad and his allies leave power.

Coalition spokesman Walid al-Bunni, asked about statements by U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi that any ceasefire would only hold if it was overseen by a peacekeeping mission, said the opposition could accept such a deployment if Assad leaves power first.