No progress on ending Syrian bloodshed: PM
DOHA PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al Thanisaid on Tuesday that no progress has been made to end Syria’s deadly 13-month crisis.
“We hope the Syrian government responds” to UNArab League envoy Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan, Sheikh Hamad told an Arab ministerial meeting in Doha.
“We don’t see any progress in implementing” it.
“Nothing has changed except for (Damascus) accepting” the plan, he said at the opening of the meeting.
“Implementation is more important.” The meeting comes as UN observers admitted Tuesday they face a tough task to firm up a ceasefire in Syria, as five civilians were killed in the latest violence on the sixth day of a tenuous truce.
Arab League Secretary General Nabil al Arabi, attending the Doha meeting as well as Annan, called for the ceasefire to be implemented “completely and immediately.” “Annan’s mission is a political one which would take some time,” he said.
The Arab ministerial committee, chaired by Qatar, includes Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, Iraq, and Kuwait.
A spike in deadly violence forced the Arab League to end its own Syrian monitoring mission in late January, barely a month after sending observers.