Britain has called on the Arab League to urge the UN to pass a resolution on Syria. It comes as the League’s monitoring mission appears close to collapse.
Saudi Arabia’s Gulf allies have now joined Riyadh in pulling out of the operation. Their presence in the copuntry did next to nothing to stop violence in a 10-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.
But a UN Security Council resolution remains far off with veto-wielding powers Russia and China maintaining their support for Assad.
Meanwhile, Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said his government was still considering whether to let the monitors stay for another month and criticised the Arab League for calling on Assad to step down.
Syria is fast becoming an Arab and international pariah for its harsh response to an uprising against Assad in which thousands of civilians, soldiers and policemen have been killed.