Arab League Decides to Back Syria Opposition, Calls for U.N.-Arab Peacekeeping Force

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The Arab League said it agreed on Sunday to open contacts with Syria's opposition and to ask the United Nations to form a joint peacekeeping force to the unrest-swept country in moves swiftly rejected by Syria.

Arab diplomats "will open channels of communication with the Syrian opposition and offer full political and financial support, urging (the opposition) to unify its ranks," it said in a statement obtained by Agence France Presse.

They would also "ask the U.N. Security Council to issue a decision on the formation of a joint U.N.-Arab peacekeeping force to oversee the implementation of a ceasefire," it said.

Arab diplomats were holding marathon talks that began with a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, followed by the Arab League committee on Syria.

The 22-member bloc also announced it had formally ended its own observer mission to Syria, which was suspended last month because of an upsurge in violence.

The Arab ministers called for a "halt to all kinds of diplomatic cooperation with representatives of the Syrian regime in all states and organizations and international conferences," but will leave it to each country to implement that decision.

And they welcomed a call from Tunisia to hold a meeting on Syria in Tunis on February 24.

In the statement, they also stressed "the implementation of economic sanctions and an end to commercial relations with the Syrian regime, except in what concerns the Syrian people directly."

Only Algeria and Lebanon expressed reservations against the resolution, an Arab League official said.

Syria's ambassador to Cairo "categorically" rejected the Arab League moves.

"The Syrian Arab Republic categorically rejects the decisions of the Arab League," which "reflects the hysteria of these governments" after failing to get foreign intervention at the U.N. Security Council, Youssef Ahmed said in a statement.

According to Ahmed, who did not attend the meetings, Syria "has said from the outset that it is not concerned by any decision taken by the Arab League in its absence."

The pan-Arab bloc's statement showed "the coordinated work and decisions of the League ... are hostage to the governments of (certain) Arab countries headed by Qatar and Saudi Arabia" working in collaboration with the West, he charged.

It also demonstrated "the state of hysteria and turmoil that the governments of these countries are experiencing after their failure in the Security Council," Ahmed added.

The Syrian ambassador said the West planned to "redistribute the cards in the region, in order to impose a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, resulting in the loss of (Arab) rights and land."

Earlier on Sunday, an Arab League official told AFP that Sudanese General Mohammed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi was due to officially hand in his resignation at the foreign ministers' meeting.

The 22-member League has put forward a plan for Assad to hand over power to his deputy and for the formation of a government of national unity ahead of elections.

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon had broached the idea of a joint Arab-U.N. mission this month as he bemoaned the Security Council's failure to agree a resolution on the crisis in the face of Chinese and Russian opposition.

The pan-Arab bloc has already put forward a plan for Assad to transfer power to his deputy and for a government of national unity to be formed ahead of elections.

On Sunday, Syrian government newspaper Ath-Thawra charged that Arab nations were in the pay of Western powers.

"There will probably be no surprises because the orders have already been sent. They do not decide anything; they just carry out orders. They have done that in the past and they will do it today," it said of the Cairo meetings.

State television aired live footage Sunday of an official funeral for the 28 people authorities say were killed in twin car bombs in the northern city of Aleppo on Friday.

The authorities blamed "terrorists" for the attacks, but the rebel Free Syrian Army accused the regime of launching them "to steer attention away from what it is doing in Homs, Zabadani and elsewhere."

A U.S. media report citing unnamed American officials said al-Qaida's Iraqi branch was likely to have carried out the Aleppo bombings, along with attacks in Damascus in December and January.

Iraq's deputy interior minister, Adnan al-Assadi, told AFP that Baghdad has "intelligence information that a number of Iraqi jihadists went to Syria" and that "weapons smuggling is still ongoing."

And al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri voiced his support for Syria's uprising in a new video posted on jihadist Internet forums, U.S. monitors SITE Intelligence said.

Rights groups say more than 6,000 people have died since protests began in Syria in March last year, inspired by similar movements in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

The Syrian government has sought to blame foreign-backed "armed terrorist gangs" for the violence.

A commission tasked with drafting a new constitution submitted a draft charter on Sunday to Assad, who is to review the charter before referring it to the People's Assembly, the official SANA news agency reported.

Comments 22
Default-user-icon Le Phenicien (Guest) 12 February 2012, 17:55

Bomb Kordaha from the Air so that the regime feels the fire that the children are sensing and the latter are allowed to leave Homs and humanitarian food/drugs are allowed in. Shelling from tanks every neighborhood blindly is the regime tactics in every city they tried to enter (i.e. Tripoli, Beirut, Baabda, Knat, Zahle and etc...)

Missing lebanese_bebe 13 February 2012, 12:15

Two wrongs don't make a right. Your a psychopath.

Default-user-icon Gianni Follana (Guest) 12 February 2012, 18:11

Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto. Veto...

Thumb jabalamel 12 February 2012, 21:28

the filthy zionist media terrorists are furious that their rebellion in syria is not working so now they use every chance to beg for foreign intervention

Thumb shab 12 February 2012, 21:58

Nobody expected this. Game Over

Thumb jabalamel 12 February 2012, 22:05

the filthy slimy zionist media terrorists are so helpless against me that

the guy who worked in mossad before you also tried it. he failed like you do now.

Thumb truth 12 February 2012, 22:07

Yes, I think Yousef Ahmed is right.. the arabs are hostages of KSA and Qatar who are hostages of the rest of the world who are hostages of the USA who are hostages of the zionest entity who are hostages of aliens who reside in the crab nebula. But its a conspiracy, because the zionests actually control the crab nebula. Also, my cat died of old age but i think its the zionists who turned on the cat killing death ray machine. Its all zionists fault because arabs never kill arabs. I think I took to much hallucigenics today... sorry for my rambling... i feel filthy..

Thumb jabalamel 12 February 2012, 22:07

lol i didn't finish first sentence....

the filthy slimy zionist media terrorist are so helpless against me that they have no option but trying to recruit me

Thumb truth 13 February 2012, 07:57

jabalhabal why did you have to add slimy this time? I was content with being just filthy.... Please use the red phone to contact Mr. Mullah in Iran to reverse the slimy decision. I hope to hear from you some good news.
Kind regards,
Your filthy zionest hallucinating information war department.

Default-user-icon Braveheart le Phénicien (Guest) 12 February 2012, 22:39

Arab League: A Araboun Antoum, Awled Al Khabati La Asstassni Mikoum Ahadou.

Default-user-icon Shommar Barry (Guest) 12 February 2012, 23:45

These losers back the other losers, all of who are backed by the losers in the US and Europe. Not only are they financially bankrupt, but mainly morally. Filth does beget filth.

Thumb jabalamel 13 February 2012, 01:39

the filthy zionist media terrorists try to find information for the drug he is using.

they also hallucinate about syria "past the point of no return".

Thumb truth 13 February 2012, 08:00

jabalhabal.... of course im trying information for the drug im using. Only the filthy fake resistance would know the name as they are the biggest filthy drug dealers in world. And they claim they are filthy... I guess that what you call scholars for dollars..Please dont forget to call hassouna and tell me the name of the hallucigenic im using. I need more every time i listen to you!

Missing lebanese_bebe 13 February 2012, 12:11

All governments, countries and militias sell drugs. The biggest drug dealers in the world... lol the US, they own the opium in Afghanistan and Latin America... Ur tripping lol

Thumb jabalamel 13 February 2012, 01:40

they include in their hallucinations mass murders and mass migrations.

you zionist would love that.

Thumb truth 13 February 2012, 08:03

Yes, so would the mullahs. But i could be wrong because im hallucinating right now. By the way, is that a picture of death metal star? I dont think hezbollahstan would approve that as shariah compliant. But again, if they are consuming the same hallucigenics that im using, then anything is possible....

Default-user-icon Murad (Guest) 13 February 2012, 02:38

aragon knows a lot about pills. Figures.

Missing philliprizk 13 February 2012, 09:48

...really send a peace force? lol good luck

Missing lebanese_bebe 13 February 2012, 12:10

Thats funny the Gulf nations are asking for a peace force. If they really cared they wouldnt be sending Al Qaeda terrorists to Syria. And if they really cared about peace they wouldnt treat their own citizens so badly. Get off ur camels...

Missing lebanese_bebe 13 February 2012, 12:13

That is exactly what they want. That is why Turkey is so eager to send Al Qaeda operatives into Syria. If the Assad regime falls be sure that the Christians and the minorities of the region will see their rights diminished. So I take it all those who are commenting support Al Qaeda?? And support the Gulf countries and thank them for making Tripoli home to the largest population of Sulfi extremists in the world? I dont want Lebanon or Syria to turn into another Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya... And as far as Im concerned Hizbollah has been in Lebanon since the 80s and Lebanon has not yet turned into Iran. Even Hizbollah isnt as dangerous as Al Qaeda. This all makes sense now, Rafik Hariri's assassination, the oil found in the Mediterranean,the privatization of the oil in Iraq and Libya by the West. For those talking about the Zionists, the Zionists are the least of ur worries.

Missing lebanese_bebe 13 February 2012, 12:15

Mfawaz and tonyfarris u should both respect urselves and not take about women, shame on u!

Missing mansour 13 February 2012, 14:45

maybe lebanon can go to syria as a peace keeping force to protect the civilains and then stay there for 30 years kidnap rape and murder there people install a puppet government and rob it for there wealth....wait that happened to Lebanon PAY backs a BITCH u syrian dogs hope your country burns in HELL and u all feel the misery of the lebanese from the old to the young F*** U ALL!!!!!