By Arab News
The Council of Ministers yesterday expressed deep concern over the worsening security situation in Syria and called for an immediate UN Security Council intervention to stop the bloodbath, violence and crimes in the war-torn country. It also endorsed an agreement with the United Kingdom on the transfer of sentenced convicts.
The Cabinet, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, backed a resolution taken by an emergency Arab League meeting in Doha “urging the Security Council to take all necessary measures immediately to protect civilians and stop the bloodbath, violence and crimes in Syria.”
The Arab League chief will travel to New York this week to discuss the Syria crisis with the UN Secretary-General and Security Council ambassadors, Cairo-based League officials said yesterday.
Syrian rebels killed at least 80 army soldiers in a surge of attacks at the weekend, an opposition watchdog said.
The European Union pushed for an end to a split with Russia over how to end the 15-month bloodshed.
In talks in Saint Petersburg with Russian President Vladimir Putin, EU President Herman Van Rompuy said the EU and Russia “might have some divergent assessments” of the situation in Syria.
But he said they agreed that implementing the troubled peace plan brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan was the only way forward in a situation that risks developing into full-scale civil war.