Arab League will call on UN Security Council to send military to Syria

Arab League will call on UN Security Council to send military to Syria

Cairo : Egypt | Feb 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM PST
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Arab League Syria mission widely criticised

Al-Jazeera TV channel reported Sunday that the Arab League is considering a possibility to form a military contingent in cooperation with the UN to to end the bloodshed in Syria, according to a draft resolution obtained by Reuters on Sunday.

It also advocates strengthening economic sanctions against that country.

The Arab League calls for the suspension of all forms of diplomatic cooperation with Damascus. This resolution came following a meeting of the Arab foreign ministers in Cairo.

Meanwhile, the Arab League also plans to "open channels of communication with the Syrian opposition and to provide all forms of political and material support," according to the draft resolution.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said during the Sunday meeting that the Arab League should “give all forms of support” to the opposition.

The six Gulf Cooperation Council states, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have been campaigning for a tougher stand against Assad's regime and may offer formal recognition of the National Syrian Council, the largest of Syria's opposition groups, at Sunday's meeting.

Ministers welcomed the proposal as Tunisia stated it would hold on its soil a conference for the "Friends of Syria" on February 24.

Alarabiya news said the League Secretary General Nabil al Arabi had proposed appointing former Jordanian minister and UN envoy to Libya, Abdel Elah al-Khatib, as the League's special envoy to Syria. But a source in the meeting told Al- Jazeera TV channel Khatib's name was not put forward.

Even before the meetings began, Damascus accused the Arab countries of serving Western powers: "There will probably be no surprise because the orders have already been transmitted. They do not decide anything, " , wrote Sunday the government daily As-Thawra .

On the ground, the violence in Syria continues. According to human rights activists, on Saturday more than 30 people were killed. In Homs alone at least 500 people were killed since February 4, said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

In the region around Daraa in the south of the country, six civilians were killed by soldiers. Five soldiers and two deserters were killed in clashes.

On Saturday, Syrian state media said an armed “terrorist group” assassinated Brigadier General Issa al-Khawli, who was also the director of Hamish hospital, outside his home in the Ruknaddin district of the capital Damascus.

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