Arab League Calls Emergency Meeting on Syria

It may pull observers out of the country amidst bloodshed
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2012 8:18 AM CST
In this image from amateur video made available by the Shaam News Network and shot on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, Arab League observers are seen at a protest in Idlib, Syria.   (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via APTN)

(Newser) – The Arab League is considering yanking its observers out of Syria, as the regime there continues to kill protesters despite its presence, the AP reports. The League today announced an emergency meeting, to be held Saturday in Cairo, to discuss the matter. That meeting won't result in a final decision, however; it'll instead make a recommendation, which will be considered at a higher-level meeting at an as-yet-undetermined date.

Activists have criticized the observer mission, which has failed to stop the bloodshed in Syria, while lending political cover to Bashar al-Assad's regime. But the Arab League points out that it has drawn some concessions, including the withdrawal of heavy weapons from cities. The Arab Parliament yesterday called for the monitors' withdrawal. (Read more Arab League stories.)

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