AL calls for Syria national dialogue
The Arab League declined issue a decision to suspend Syria's membership due to its bloody crackdown on protesters, calling instead for a national dialogue to end the crisis. "We will call all of the parties of the opposition and government to hold a dialogue within 15 days," the League's Secretary General Nabil Elaraby said after the meeting on Sunday Reuters reported. Ministers decided to call again for an end to the violence but "disagreed on the mechanism to achieve that," an unnamed diplomat told Egyptian state news agency MENA.
"They agreed on the refusal of any foreign intervention and the need to implement a clear road map for the required political reforms to guarantee a peaceful transition of power," MENA cited the source as saying.
The meeting was held on a proposal from Gulf nations seeking to suspend Syria's membership to the Pan Arab body.