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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Syria: Turkish-Arab call for 'urgent' action -- War soon?

Turkey and members of the Arab League have called for "urgent measures" to protect Syrian civilians from a brutal government crackdown.

At a meeting in Morocco, they also declared they were "against all foreign intervention in Syria".

The statement came hours after reports that rebel Syrian troops had attacked a major military base near Damascus.

In another sign of Syria's increasing international isolation, France said it was withdrawing its ambassador.

Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told parliament: "There has been renewed violence in Syria, which has led me to close our consular offices in Aleppo and in Latakia as well as our cultural institutes and to recall our ambassador to Paris."

Although Turkey is not a member of the Arab League, its Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attended a meeting of a Turkish-Arab co-operation forum in the Moroccan capital Rabat on Wednesday. more