The Arab League is eagerly awaiting a response from Syria to its plan to end a seven month violent crackdown against anti-government protesters.
Precise details of the peace initiative have been withheld from the media given the extremely sensitive nature of Sunday’s talks between Syria’s delegation and the Arab League.
Our correspondent in Doha said “the Syrian reaction could decide which direction the crisis in Syria takes. But the Syrian delegation gave no indication of its eventual response.”
The Qatari Prime Minister Hamid bin Jasim said: an “internal Arab solution is the preferred outcome and on this point everyone is agreed.”
Sentiments shared it seems by Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad who has warned of an “earthquake” if the West intervenes. In a series of television interviews he also said he would cooperate with the opposition.
The United Nations says more than 3,000 people have been killed in the Syrian government’s crackdown on protesters demanding political reforms and an end to Assad’s rule.
Assad blames the unrest of foreign-backed armed gangs and claims there have been “hundreds of deaths among the military, police and security forces.”