January 29, 2012 |
RANKOUS, Syria - The Arab League suspended its monitoring mission in Syria on Saturday, saying that a harsh new government crackdown made it too dangerous to proceed and was resulting in the deaths of innocent people across the country. The head of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi, said in a statement Saturday that after discussions with Arab foreign ministers, the 22-member body had decided to suspend the monitors' mission in Syria because of "the continued use of violence. " A final decision about the mission's future is due in the coming days.
January 9, 2012 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The Arab League demanded Sunday that the Syrian government immediately stop all violence and allow more monitors in, as activists reported at least 10 more civilians were killed, including two teenagers, by regime forces. Fierce clashes in the south between government troops and military defectors left 11 soldiers dead, activists said. The Arab League also called on other armed parties to halt all bloodshed, an apparent reference to the defectors. Qatar's foreign minister, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassei Bin Jabr al-Thani, said the Arab ministers did not agree to call for U.N. experts to join the observers' mission in Syria, but he said U.N. experts would train the monitors in Cairo before they leave.
January 5, 2012 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Activists accused the Syrian regime Wednesday of misleading Arab League observers by taking them to areas loyal to the government, changing street signs to confuse them, and sending regime supporters into rebellious neighborhoods to give false testimony. The monthlong observer mission, which started Dec. 27, offers a rare outside glimpse into a country where a government crackdown on a nine-month-old uprising has killed more than 5,000 people. But there are fears that Assad loyalists have corrupted the observer process beyond repair.
March 29, 2002 |
THIS WEEK, delegates to the Arab League summit in Beirut, Lebanon, discussed Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah's Middle East peace initiative. What is the Arab League? The League of Arab States, as it is formally known, was founded in 1945 and considers itself the world's oldest regional organization. According to its Web site, its aims are "maximum integration among the Arab countries through coordination of their activities in the political sphere as well as in the fields of economics, social services, education, communications, development, technology and industrialization.
March 12, 1990 |
Arab League foreign ministers agreed in principle yesterday to move the organization's headquarters back to Cairo from Tunis, ending an 11-year arrangement prompted by Egypt's peace treaty with Israel. Egyptian Foreign Minister Esmat Abdel-Meguid announced the unanimous decision yesterday at a biannual Arab League session. Egypt's Middle East News agency reported the announcement in a dispatch from the Tunisian capital. Abdel-Meguid said the move would take place in September.
January 14, 2013 |
CAIRO - The Palestinian prime minister warned Sunday that his government could fail to meet its obligations to its people because of a cash crunch, and urged Arab countries to deliver on promised aid. Salam Fayyad met with Arab League members to discuss ways to raise the $100 million they pledged earlier to his Palestinian Authority. Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said seven countries have responded favorably, but he did not name them. League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo decided to dispatch a delegation to the region to raise the funds the Palestinian government needs to make ends meet.
September 9, 2003 |
The Arab League unanimously granted the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council a seat on the pan-Arab body early today, delivering a boost to the Bush administration's postwar occupation. The decision ended weeks of debate within the 22-member league over whether to recognize Iraq's interim authority, with opponents fearing that acceptance could be seen as a sign of support for the American invasion. The league had opposed the war in Iraq. In another development, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan launched a high-level diplomatic offensive to get feuding nations on the Security Council to unite behind a plan to stabilize Iraq.
November 25, 2011 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - An Arab League committee on Thursday gave Syria 24 hours to agree to allow an observer mission into the country, or it could face sanctions that include stopping financial dealings and freezing assets. The bloodshed in the country continued, with activists reporting at least 15 people killed, including civilians and security forces. Thursday's threat was a humiliating blow to Damascus, a founding member of the Arab League. It comes as international pressure mounts on President Bashar al-Assad to stop the brutal crackdown on an uprising against his regime.
September 11, 2011 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The head of the Arab League met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday to discuss ways of ending the bloodshed in the country, even as activists reported at least five people killed in the government's crackdown on a six-month-old uprising. Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby was originally expected to visit Damascus on Wednesday, but the visit was delayed at Syria's request in what appeared to be a sign of the country's growing alarm over any outside criticism.