Saturday, November 12, 2011

Arab League To Suspend Syria Over Bloodshed - 12th Nov 212

LinkThe Arab League has voted to suspend Syria while calling on its army to stop the killing of civilians.

The 22-nation body warned Damascus it could impose economic and political sanctions if it did not end its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Syria will be suspended in four days' time unless the Assad regime implements an initiative to end the bloodshed after reneging on an agreed peace plan.

The organisation has invited the opposition for talks and has appealed to its member states to withdraw their ambassadors from Syria, said Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim.

He said 18 countries agreed to the suspension, which will take effect on Wednesday November 16.

Syria, Lebanon and Yemen voted against it, and Iraq abstained.

Syria reacted with fury, saying the decision was illegal that it spelled the end of any Arab role in resolving the deadly anti-regime protests sweeping the country.

Syria's ambassador to the League, Yussef Ahmad, described the suspension as "contrary to the treaty" which set up the pan-Arab organisation.

He said it "put an end to joint Arab action and shows the administration is subjected to US and Western agendas." Read More