Syria rejects Arab plan as flagrant interference

Arab League has proposed that Bashar al-Assad hand over power to a deputy and set up a new govt.

Written by Agencies | Beirut | Published: January 23, 2012 12:44:49 pm

Syria rejected on Monday a proposal by Arab League foreign ministers that President Bashar al-Assad hand over power to a deputy and set up a new unity government,saying the plan was part of a conspiracy against Syria.

Syria rejects the decisions from the Arab League ministerial council… and considers them a violation of its national sovereignty and a flagrant interference in its internal affairs.

A clash between Syrian forces and army defectors has erupted in a suburb of the tightly held capital of Damascus,adding urgency just as the Arab League was extending an observers’ mission that so far has failed to end long months of bloody violence.

The two events on Sunday outlined how an uprising against President Bashar Assad that started with mass popular protests is moving now toward an armed conflict that could draw international intervention – an outcome the Arab League is trying to avoid.

Arab League foreign ministers,meeting in Cairo,extended the much-criticized observers mission for another month,according to a statement from the 22-member organization.

The League decided to add more observers and provide them with additional resources,the officials said.

The observer mission is supposed to be the first step toward implementing an Arab League plan to end the Syria crisis. Other points are pulling heavy Syrian weapons out of cities,stopping attacks on protesters,opening talks with the opposition and allowing foreign human rights workers and journalists in.

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