Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

France launches website to counter jihadist propaganda

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Hollande depicted as Hitler

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Boko Haram crisis: Militants forced from north eastern Nigerian town

Read more

REPORTERS

Syria: Wresting control of Kobani from IS group

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

A who's who of the 'Bettencourt trial'

Read more

FOCUS

Golan Heights on edge...

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Eugene Kaspersky: Cyber attacks on critical infrastructure 'just a question of time'

Read more

#THE 51%

Equality in the workplace: Bridging the gender pay gap

Read more

ENCORE!

The culture stars trying to save the world

Read more

Middle east

Arab League ready to grant seat to Syrian opposition

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-03-07

At a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday, Arab nation foreign ministers said they are ready to grant the opposition Syrian National Coalition the country’s Arab League seat under the condition that it forms a provisional government.

The Arab League said on Wednesday it is prepared to hand Syria's seat in the organisation to the opposition battling to oust President Bashar al-Assad if it sets up an executive body.

The League, in a resolution adopted at a meeting of foreign ministers in Cairo, called for the opposition National Coalition "to form an executive body to take up Syria's seat" and attend its next summit, in Doha on March 26-27.

The umbrella group would retain Syria's seat in the 22-member organisation "until elections leading to the formation of a government to assume the responsibilities of power in Syria," it said.

The call was based on "the sacrifices of the Syrian people and the exceptional circumstances" in the country.

Iraq and Algeria expressed reservations while Lebanon declined to be associated with the resolution, League chief Nabil al-Arabi told a news conference.

Instead, Lebanon urged foreign ministers to allow the Syrian government to retake its seat at the League, from which it was suspended in late 2011, as the organisation had failed to resolve the two-year conflict in Syria.

Last year, with the death toll escalating in the anti-Assad revolt, the League recognised the National Coalition led by Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib as the "legitimate representative and main interlocutor with the Arab League."

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict since March 2011, according to the United Nations, which on Wednesday put the number of Syrian refugees at one million.

(AFP)


Date created : 2013-03-06

  • SYRIA

    Brahimi calls for bilateral talks on Syria crisis

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    UN’s Brahimi meets Assad in wake of Hama air strike

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    Syrian opposition seeks unity, legitimacy at Doha talks

    Read more

COMMENT(S)