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Arab League decision angers Syria

Posted by admin On November - 13 - 2011

Assad supporters target diplomatic missions after regional bloc gives country three days to implement peace plan.

Syrians have reacted angrily to the decision by the Arab League to suspend their country as punishment for its failure to end its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

Supporters of President Bashar al-Assad attacked Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Damascus in protest against the regional bloc’s announcement late on Saturday in Cairo.

The Arab League said it had given Syria a three-day deadline to end its crackdown or face sanctions. If Syria fails to comply, the suspension would take effect on November 16.

The decision, which came after a meeting of Arab ministers in the Egyptian capital, does not amount to a full suspension of Syria’s membership from the regional body.

Syrian reaction

At the official level, Syria denounced the Arab League’s decision as “illegal and a violation of the organisation’s charter”.

Yussef Ahmad, Syria’s envoy to the Arab League, denounced the move as illegal, saying his country has already implemented an Arab peace deal that it previously agreed to, and accusing the US of ordering the suspension.

He also charged that the regional bloc was trying to “provoke foreign intervention in Syria, as was the case in Libya”.

“It was clear [the decision] was decided through a US order,” Ahmad said, accusing the Arab League of working to an “American agenda.”

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