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Assad â€˜OKsâ€™ Arab League roadmap to end violence
BayBak, Azerbaijan | 594 days ago | Wednesday, 2nd November , 2011 , 01:31 [am] | International
|.|| Syria was expected to agree to an Arab League proposal to end violence between regime forces and protesters, an Arab diplomat said, a day before Arab foreign ministers were due to hold talks on the issue.
â€œWe are dealing
The Assad government is expected to respond positively to an Arab League proposal but the Algerian FM says both sides have already agreed to it. Meanwhile, Russia has reiterated its stance against a Libya-style intervention.
Syria was expected to agree to an Arab League proposal to end violence between regime forces and protesters, an Arab diplomat said, a day before Arab foreign ministers were due to hold talks on the issue.
â€œWe are dealing positively with the last proposal, which was drafted [at Oct. 30â€™s meeting] in Qatar,â€ said Syriaâ€™s representative at the Arab League, Yusef Ahmed.
Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said yesterday that an Arab League committee charged with seeking an end to the violence in Syria had reached agreement with Syrian authorities, Al Arabiya television reported. Syrian officials contacted by telephone had no immediate comment on the report. Algerian and Egyptian diplomats in Cairo, where Arab League foreign ministers are due to meet today, said they had no information as to whether an agreement had been reached.
Arab League ministers, including Medelci, met Syrian officials in Qatar on Oct. 30 to seek a way to end the bloodshed in Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad has staged a military crackdown to crush seven months of protests against his rule. Arab diplomats said the ministers proposed that Syria immediately release prisoners held since February, withdraw security forces from the streets, permit the deployment of Arab League monitors and start a dialogue with the opposition.
Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, whose country heads the ministerial committee, also said Assad must launch serious reforms if Syria were to avoid further violence. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday his country would oppose a Libya-style military intervention against the Syrian regime.
â€œWe have many questions regarding the treatment of international law after the U.N. Security Council adopted the Libyan resolution,â€ which allowed military intervention to protect civilian lives, and â€œafter the Libyan drama,â€ he said in Abu Dhabi.
â€œIf it depends on us, I donâ€™t think we will allow anything of that sort to be repeatedâ€ in Syria, Lavrov said after a Gulf-Russian ministerial meeting when asked if such measures could be taken against Syria.
On the ground, thousands of Syrians staged a rally in support of Assad in eastern Syria yesterday as activists reported a counter-rally in the same area. Four people were also killed in violence yesterday, including an army officer and a soldier who were shot dead by gunmen in northwestern Idlib province, a rights watchdog reported.
Meanwhile, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said the ministry had not confirmed reports that Ankara had established a separate camp for Syrian army defectors. Instead, it said local authorities might take some steps to ensure the safety of Syrian nationals in the camps.hurriyet, Voice of a Nation