Arab League chief fears civil war in Syria
13 January 2012, 10:37
Cairo - The head of the Arab League said in remarks
broadcast on Friday he was worried about the prospect of a Syrian civil
war with consequences for the country's neighbours.
"Yes I fear a
civil war and the events that we see and hear about now could lead to a
civil war," said Nabil Elaraby, whose body currently has monitors in
Syria checking its compliance with an agreement aimed at halting a
crackdown on protesters.
"Any problems in Syria will have
consequences for the neighbouring states," he said in an interview with
the Egyptian Al-Hayat channel.
The Arab League's monitoring
mission is struggling to salvage credibility as its members start to
walk out, the opposition calls it a toothless failure and killings of
anti-government protesters continue unabated.
reports from the mission head as "worrying", though he added that there
was "no doubt that the pace of killing has fallen with the presence of
The mission will present its findings to the
League's foreign ministers on January 19-20. It is not clear what more
the League can do if, as expected, the report finds that Syria has not
complied or not fully complied with its promises.
will be from the ministerial council of the League. They will decide
whether there is any benefit in continuing or not," Elaraby said.