After three hours of talks that ended late last night in Doha, Arab League members have hammered out a proposal that they say will help solve the uprising in Syria and put an end to the government’s bloody crackdown.
Syria will review the proposal, which Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jasim Al Thani declined to detail but described as “positive” and “serious,” today.
“What is requested are reformist steps that allow us to avoid what has happened in some Arab countries because change was difficult and the destruction was large and the sacrifices were big,” al-Thani said.
The Arab League will decide what to do about Syria on Wednesday after hearing from the Syrian leadership, Al Thani said.
“The whole region is facing a storm,” Al Thani said. “What’s important is that the leadership in the Arab region know how to react,” he said. What’s needed is “serious reform,” Al Thani said.
The PM also discouraged the idea of foreign intervention and said the Arab League was seeking an “Arab solution” to the Syria problem, in which more than 3,000 people have been killed over the past seven months, according to UN estimates.
Meanwhile, Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad warned that the Middle East will burn if international intervention were to take place.
Assad told a British newspaper that any Western action in Syria will cause an “earthquake” and turn the region into “tens of Afghanistans.”