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Arab League suspends Syrian membership, calls for sanctions against Assadís regime
Al Arabiya ^ | November 12 3011 | Al Arabiya and Agencies

Posted on 11/12/2011 5:52:26 AM PST by Cardhu

The Arab League voted to suspend Syria’s membership at its meeting on Saturday and said it would impose economic and political sanctions against the regime of Bashar al-Assad as well as call for the withdrawal of Arab ambassadors from Damascus.

The Arab foreign ministers meeting at the League’s headquarters in Cairo also called on the Syrian army to cease its involvement in the killing of civilians and invited the Syrian opposition for transition talks.

Opponents of Assad were hoping that the Arab League would suspend Syria’s membership after Assad pressed ahead with a military crackdown on the unrest despite an Arab peace plan that urged him to end the violence.

The ministers attending an emergency session of the League called a recess early into the meeting to allow a narrowed ministerial committee to work out a final position, according to a source who was inside the meeting.

He said there was a strong push by some states to suspend Syria, while others wanted to give Assad’s regime more time.

According to Al Arabiya TV, Lebanon and Yemen voted against suspending Syria’s membership while Iraq abstained from voting.

Khaled al-Habbas, an assistant to Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi, told reporters before the meeting that the situation in Syria was “complex” and “Arab countries are trying to find a solution that reconciles different viewpoints.”

The United Nations says 3,500 people have been killed in Assad’s crackdown on the protests.

Assad’s regime agreed on November 2 to an Arab roadmap which called for the release of detainees, the withdrawal of the army from urban areas and free movement for observers and the media, as well as negotiations with the opposition.

Yusef Ahmed, Syria’s Arab League representative, told the ministers that Damascus was committed to implementing the agreement and had withdrawn heavy weapons from the streets of violence-hit cities, the source said.

But human rights groups say all the evidence is that the regime has actually intensified its crackdown on dissent, especially in Homs, killing at least 125 people in the flashpoint central city since signing onto the League’s deal.

Ahmed also condemned the United States for what he called “provocative interference” in his country’s internal affairs.

“We ask your generous council to take a clear position today to reject all statements and actions of some countries and foreign parties whose aim is for the bloodshed and violence in Syria to continue,” he said.

The crackdown has dragged on for seven months despite sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union and others on Assad, his relatives and key aides.

Arab countries avoided any public pronouncements on Syria in the first months of the uprising, sparked by wider political upheaval that has removed the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

The conservative monarchies of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain − all rivals of Syria’s ally Iran − were among the first to break the silence and withdrew their ambassadors from Damascus. Libya’s new rulers have declared support for the Syrian opposition.

Lebanon, Yemen and Algeria are most opposed to confronting Assad, diplomats say, but other Arab governments also worry how their own restive populations would respond if he were forced to change course or even removed from power.

Diplomats were playing down the likelihood that Assad’s neighbors would present him with an ultimatum any time soon.

“The solution to the Syrian crisis has to be political and will not be reached in a short period but will take a long time,” a diplomat at the League told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

He would not be drawn on whether the League could freeze Syria’s membership or call for United Nations intervention.


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1 posted on 11/12/2011 5:52:29 AM PST by Cardhu
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To: Cardhu
send in the dynamic duo - Obama and McCain - to stabilize the situation - they own it!!!!
2 posted on 11/12/2011 6:21:32 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: MississippiMan; ctdonath2; LibertyRocks; GonzoGOP; b4its2late; bert; maquiladora; hennie pennie; ...

ping


3 posted on 11/12/2011 6:23:55 AM PST by jhpigott (North Korea - The land of lousy options)
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To: Cardhu


Too evil for the league of super evil?

Now that's evil.
4 posted on 11/12/2011 7:06:32 AM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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5 posted on 11/12/2011 7:19:43 AM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC BY DONATING NOW! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: Cardhu

Did they also deliver a sternly-worded letter expressing their concern about the situation?


6 posted on 11/12/2011 7:34:45 AM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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When does Obama start bombing? /half sarc


7 posted on 11/12/2011 8:10:15 AM PST by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: Cardhu

Nothing more than the Muslim Brotherhood trying to control the next cup

remove all secular heads of state and replace them with Islamic fundamentalists

mubarak, Gadaffiy, whoever was in charge of Tunisia, now Assad

Iran goes down because they are Shiite, and for that alone, other than the threat to Saudi oil fields


8 posted on 11/12/2011 8:40:31 AM PST by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: Cardhu

Obama solution to world peace: Establish more radical Muslim states.


9 posted on 11/12/2011 8:51:58 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: Cardhu

Ought-oh! Sounds like another war on the way.


10 posted on 11/12/2011 8:58:18 AM PST by Kent1957
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To: Cardhu

SPOILER:

Damascus will be a ruinous heap.


11 posted on 11/12/2011 9:52:45 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
SPOILER:..Damascus will be a ruinous heap.

Yep..indeed...

12 posted on 11/12/2011 10:05:30 AM PST by caww
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

FINALLY!

The foot-draggers who kiboshed the earlier attempt will find there are consequences.

Thanks Cardhu.


13 posted on 11/12/2011 10:58:18 AM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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According to Al Arabiya TV, Lebanon and Yemen voted against suspending Syria's membership while Iraq abstained from voting... The United Nations says 3,500 people have been killed in Assad's crackdown on the protests... Assad's regime agreed on November 2 to an Arab roadmap which called for the release of detainees, the withdrawal of the army from urban areas and free movement for observers and the media, as well as negotiations with the opposition... all the evidence is that the regime has actually intensified its crackdown on dissent, especially in Homs, killing at least 125 people in the flashpoint central city since signing onto the League's deal... The crackdown has dragged on for seven months despite sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union and others on Assad, his relatives and key aides... The conservative monarchies of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain -- all rivals of Syria's ally Iran -- were among the first to break the silence and withdrew their ambassadors from Damascus. Libya's new rulers have declared support for the Syrian opposition. Lebanon, Yemen and Algeria are most opposed to confronting Assad, diplomats say...

14 posted on 11/12/2011 11:07:52 AM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Whoops! Thanks jhpigott!


15 posted on 11/12/2011 11:08:23 AM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Syrian Ambassador at AL: Those who drafted this decision will be Punished
(Omar al-Shaar | Dp-news)
http://www.dp-news.com/en/detail.aspx?articleid=102894

Behind the Arab League’s suspension of Syria
By Ben Wedeman, CNN [hasn’t been laid off yet]
http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/12/opinion/analysis-arab-league-syria-vote/

from Hawaii:

Obama praised the “leadership” of Arab League for suspending Syria
(DP-News - AFP)
http://www.dp-news.com/en/detail.aspx?articleid=102899

Obama: Syria more isolated after Arab League move
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/12/us-arabs-syria-usa-idUSTRE7AB0N420111112

more:

http://news.google.com/news/more?pz=1&js=0&cf=all&ned=us&ncl=dgheLz481GVufNMV-pTT1pv2EeGDM&topic=h


16 posted on 11/12/2011 11:46:41 AM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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