DOHA- The Arab League (AL) has urged Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to resign. In return, the League’s leaders pledge assistance for him and security for his family.
AL Foreign Ministers, who gathered in Doha on Monday night, said in a statement that President al-Assad’s departure would help to secure an end to the continuing violence in Syria.
The Arab League insists that a transitional government should take over in Syria and that this government should by formed by the opposition Free Syrian Army.
One of the AL countries is known to have abstained from voting in favor of the resolution calling on President al-Assad to resign.
The League’s members have also called for a revision of the functions of the UN observer mission in Syria.
The Arab League has also pledged USD 100 M in aid for refugees in Syria, which has for months now been torn by an escalating civil war.
As reported on the sidelines of the Doha meeting, the AL’s Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby is planning to visit Moscow and Beijing in order to brief Russian and Chinese leaders on the results of the meeting.
Sunday and Monday the Arab League held an emergency sitting on Syria, at which it issued a call to Assad to deliver power.
The outright interference in Syria on the part of Arab countries and neighboring Turkey has made Syria a destabilization hub. The Arab League is getting more and more involved in Syria prompting a further escalation of the Syrian crisis.
The League’s inconsistent policy concerning the Arab Spring revolutions and the developments in Syria is bound to backfire. This is because the Arab League, like its US ally, espouses a selective approach choosing at will which regimes have to go and which should succeed them".
By urging President Bashar al-Assad to step down, AL foreign ministers have challenged the agreements reached at the international conference on Syria in Geneva on June 30th. The conference, which was held with the participation of the AL, provides for using the authority of UN Security Council permanent members, Arab countries, and international organizations for exerting pressure on both parties to the Syrian conflict.
Compared to the participants in the Doha meeting, those attending the Geneva conference offered a different approach for compelling the Syrian parties to peace. They made it clear that both sides should meet at the negotiating table and neither should be excluded from the settlement process.
Press reports on Monday indicated that Syrian President has this far stated no intention whatsoever to do so. President Bashar al-Assad has so far refused to step down despite a 16-month uprising against his rule claiming up to 19,000 lives according to a death toll provided by an activist group.
Meanwhile, heavy fighting is going on Monday in Damascus and Aleppo, Syria's two largest cities and President al-Assad strongholds.