Arab League offers Syria peace plan
Arab foreign ministers met on Wednesday to step up pressure on Syria to end nearly eight months of deadly violence, as 14 more civilians were reportedly killed in the country.world Updated: Nov 03, 2011 00:40 IST
Arab foreign ministers met on Wednesday to step up pressure on Syria to end nearly eight months of deadly violence, as 14 more civilians were reportedly killed in the country.
Hours before the meeting at the Arab League's Cairo headquarters, the country's largest opposition group urged the pan-Arab body to freeze Syria's membership in the organisation.
The meeting is being held to hear Syria's response to an Arab roadmap calling for an immediate halt to violence and the start of a dialogue between the Damascus regime and its opponents. Syrian state media reported on Tuesday that Damascus and the Arab League had agreed on the proposals but the deputy chief of the organisation later stressed it was still awaiting a formal response.
State television and the Sana news agency said an announcement would be made on Wednesday in Cairo.
"Syria and the Arab League are in agreement over the final paper concerning the situation in Syria and the official announcement will be made at Arab League headquarters tomorrow (Wednesday)," said the reports.
But Arab League deputy chief Ahmed Ben Helli later told Al-Arabiya television that a response had still not been received.
"The secretary general of the Arab League has not yet received Syria's official response to the document submitted by the ministerial committee" to end the violence, Ben Helli said.