Last updated: 26 January, 2012

Arab League team to head to UN over Syria Saturday

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi and Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani are to head to New York on Saturday to seek support for an Arab plan on Syria, Arabi said.

The two will “hold a meeting with the UN Security Council on Monday to seek ratification of the Arab League decision on Syria,” for President Bashar al-Assad to hand power to his deputy, Arabi said.

Arab League ministers meeting in Cairo last week had asked for UN support in their efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria, where a crackdown on protests has left more than 5,400 people dead since March.

The League called on Assad to delegate powers to his vice president and clear the way for a national unity government to be formed within two months.