Syria says the request of the Arab League peace mission is' histeria'

Syria says the request of the Arab League peace mission is' histeria'

Brasília : Brazil | Feb 13, 2012 at 2:32 AM PST
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Arab League Syria mission widely criticised

A Syria rejected on Sunday the decision of the Arab League asking the Security Council by a UN peacekeeping mission between the two organizations together to end violence in the country .

The decision was taken at a meeting of foreign ministers in Cairo.Os League foreign ministers also agreed to cut all cooperation with the Syrian government and open a channel of communication with the opposition in the country.

However, sent from Damascus said the Syrian government "categorically rejects" the decision, which came a week after a Security Council resolution was vetoed by Russia and China.

The Secretary-General of the Arab League, General Nabil el-Arabi, told the meeting that the time has come for decisive action to end the suffering of the Syrian people.

The League withdrew its observer mission in Syria last month, as the government of President Bashar al-Assad continued violent repression of protest even in the presence of the monitors.


In a statement released after the meeting in Cairo, representatives of the Arab League said they would "ask the UN Security Council to issue a decision on the formation of a joint peacekeeping between the UN and Arab League to oversee implementation a cease-fire. "However, the Syrian ambassador in the Arab League, Ahmad Youssef, rejected the resolution, saying it" reflects the hysteria of these governments "after a failed attempt to get the support of the Security Council.

The statement also called for "opening channels of communication with the Syrian opposition and the provision of all forms of political and material support to it."

A representative of the League told the BBC that the resolution was adopted by most of the foreign ministers of the organization.

The UN General Assembly will discuss the situation in Syria next Monday. There is no power of veto of the General Assembly, but its resolutions have no legal force as the Council Segurança.IsolamentoO BBC correspondent in Cairo, Jeremy Bowen, says the resolution contains tougher language directed to Syria by the Arab League until the moment, which makes it more likely a return to the matter to the Security Council.

The fact that the the Arab countries are considering these movements shows the extent of isolation of the Syrian regime, according to Bowen.

On this Sunday afternoon, an Iraqi government minister told the BBC that al-Qaeda and other militant groups instructed their men to leave Iraq to carry out some activities in Syria.

Earlier, the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, expressed support for the uprising against the government of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian opposition but urged not to rely on the help of the Arab League or the West.

Meanwhile, reports say that the bombing of the city of Homs, west of the country, continues after a brief interval during Saturday night and Sunday morning. Activists say four people were killed.

According to the groups, more than 400 people have been killed since security forces have launched an attack in areas dominated by the opposition on Saturday.

Human rights groups say more than 7,000 people died in the country since March 2011. The government says at least 2,000 members of the security forces were killed fighting "armed gangs and terrorists."

A car bomb explosion that killed 28 people in the city of Aleppo, last Friday, was condemned by the opposition. However, U.S. officials believe al-Qaeda may be behind the attack, reports said

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Yusef Ahmed has said Syria would respond to the Arab League proposal next week
Yusef Ahmed has said Syria would respond to the Arab League proposal next week
babar42 is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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