`Arab League must act to stop Syria bloodshed`

The Arab League must act decisively to stop the bloodshed in Syria, its secretary general said.

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2011, 00:21 AM IST

Rabat: The Arab League must act decisively
to stop the bloodshed in Syria, its secretary general said
today as ministers of the 22-member bloc held an emergency
meeting on the crisis.

"Everything must be done to stop the ongoing bloodshed in
Syria," Nabil al-Arabi told reporters on the sidelines of the
meeting called to discuss the Syrian crisis.
Arabi said he hoped that Arab moves to send observers to
Syria, where a crackdown by Bashar al-Assad`s regime is being
met with resistance from army deserters after the death of at
least 3,500 people, would bear fruit within days.

But he reiterated that no observers would be sent before
a clear agreement is signed between the Arab League and
Damascus, which has failed to implement an earlier plan on
ending the violence.

The pan-Arab body, which voted last weekend to suspend
Syria`s membership and take other sanctions against Assad`s
regime, had agreed to send 500 members of human rights groups,
media representatives and military observers to the country.

Syria on Sunday said it would welcome the dispatch of
an "Arab ministerial delegation accompanied by observers,
civilian and military experts and Arab media," according to an
official statement.

It said the delegation would be able to see for itself
the situation on the ground "and supervise, in coordination
with the Syrian government, the application of the Arab
(peace) plan."

Syria also called for an urgent Arab summit to discuss
the crisis, but this was vetoed by Gulf states.

PTI