Arab League leaders are in Baghdad for an historic summit expected to be dominated by what to do about Syria and the peace plan of special envoy Kofi Annan.
It is the first time in more than 20 years that the organisation has met in the Iraqi capital and the first time Syria will not take part as it remains suspended.
A daily two-hour ceasefire, aid intervention and unhindered access for journalists are among the plans likely to be discussed.
But whatever conclusions are reached at the three-day gathering, Damascus says it is not going to accept them as it now handles relations with other Arab countries individually.
In Syria itself, fighting is apparently continuing between rebels and government forces with at least 13 people reportedly killed on Thursday.