Arab League convenes over latest regional issues
Dialogue only way in Syria – Bogdanov
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE )urges UN to impose arms embargo on Syria
Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi (L front) and Kuwait’s Foreign Minister and chairman of the session Khaled al-Hamed al-Sabah (C
front) attend an emergency meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, April 26, 2012. The Cairo-based Arab League held an extraordinary meeting at the ministerial level on Thursday, with its focus on the Syrian crisis and relations between Sudan and South Sudan. (Xinhua/Amru Salahuddien)
CAIRO, April 26 (Xinhua) — The Cairo-based Arab League held an extraordinary meeting at the ministerial level on Thursday, with its focus on the Syrian crisis and relations between Sudan and South Sudan.
Chaired by Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Khaled al-Hamed al-Sabah, the meeting discussed recent conflicts between Sudan and South Sudan, the latest situation in Syria and the visit of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a disputed island which both Iran and the United Arab Emirates claim as their own territory.
The meeting urged Sudan and South Sudan to resolve their conflict peacefully via negotiations. It also proposed to set up a fact-finding committee to estimate the human and economic loses of both sides.
The AL Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi expressed his sorrow over the ongoing violence in Syria, urging for maintaining the cease-fire.
In the press conference co-chaired by Arabi and Khaled al- Hamed al-Sabah after the meeting that lasted for more than four hours, Arabi said that Arab foreign ministers had authorized him to invite all the Syrian opposition parties to meet on May 16 in Cairo.
Arabi called for the UN Security Council to deploy monitors to Syria as soon as possible, demanding the Syrian regime to help them with their work.
Arabi noted that AL will assign its representatives in the UN Security Council in its scheduled meeting on May 5 to ask the Security Council to stop violence and protect Syrian civilians immediately, asserting that all those who are against human rights and international humanitarian principles will be punished by law in time.
Dialogue only way in Syria – Bogdanov
The most promising way, as well as the only way to avoid civil war in Syria is the beginning of a national dialogue, said Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Mikhail Bogdanov.
The government and the opposition should sit at the negotiating table, the diplomat believes and underlined the fact that this is one of the main conditions set forth by the Special Envoy of the UN and the League of Arab States Kofi Annan.
Mr. Bogdanov considered it to be counterproductive to use the 7th article of the UN Charter against Damascus which involves the use of sanctions and the armed force to maintain or restore international peace and security.
On Wednesday, the Syrian Opposition National Council called on the Arab League to urge the UN Security Council to use this article against the government.
Apr 27, 2012
PACE urges UN to impose arms embargo on Syria
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has urged the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Syria.
In a resolution on Thursday, the PACE said that more than 11,000 people have been killed in Syria in the past thirteen months. At least one million people there desperately need humanitarian assistance, according to the resolution.
Earlier, Russia proposed eleven amendments to the document, with almost all of them finally rejected by the PACE.
On Thursday, Alexei Pushkov, head of the State Duma’s International Affairs Committee, urged a dialogue between all political forces in Syria which he said will help resolve the Syrian crisis.
Apr 26, 2012
TASS via VOR.