Syria agrees to end crackdown, Arab League says
Arab foreign ministers attend an emergency meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on October 16 to discuss Syria.
November 2nd, 2011
01:11 PM ET

Syria agrees to end crackdown, Arab League says

Syria has agreed to end its crackdown on anti-government demonstrations, pull troops from the streets and release prisoners jailed during months of protests, the Arab League announced Wednesday.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government also agreed to allow international journalists into the country and launch a "national dialogue" in two weeks, Arab League ministers announced after a meeting in Cairo. The regional organization has also agreed to fund an observer mission in Syria as part of the plan, ministers said.

The Arab League had made a proposal along these lines during a meeting between league officials and Syria's foreign minister on Sunday in Doha, Qatar.

The Arab League declaration came amid reports of nearly two dozen more deaths in the Syrian province of Homs on Wednesday. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 21 people were killed, including eight shot to death by security forces and pro-government gunmen in the city of Homs.

Eleven others were killed in the town of Kfarhala/Al Hula after they were attacked in the factory where they worked by armed men coming from villages that support the Syrian regime, the organization said. CNN cannot independently verify the reports because the Syrian government has limited access to international news organizations.

More than 3,000 people have died in Syria since unrest broke out in mid-March, according to the United Nations.

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  1. Smokingman

    About time the Arab League started taking care of business in their own back yard, instead of expecting western countries to do it for them. Just watch out for Russia and China.... if you let them in, they never leave.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. JOE

    What I DO NOT understand about American foreign policy is why we tend to favor one country over another and why for over 70 years we still maintain a stifling embargo on tiny Cuba while we continue to do trade with communist China and Russia. If its because of the Cuban missile crisis, I believe that Russia was responsible for that crisis. And if this embargo is because Cuba continues to suppress the basic freedoms of its citizens, then so do China and Russia. And after years of sponsoring global terrorism, Moammar Gadfai ended up being our ally. A bit confusing? Hell yes, I'm confused. O' and then there's Israel! Well, you know the story! I find American foreign policy to be more confusing than chess!

    November 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. bobcat2u

    @Smokingman

    This is just the first phase. They'll say, well we tried to talk to them but they just won't listen. The next phase will involve them requesting NATO to come in and clean it up. That way they way they can say they did their part and they can rightfully claim to have no part of outside intervention.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. The Punmaster

    This is a very Syria-ous development.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. ghiath

    I believe that the regime in Syria is trying to buy time for the final suppression of the demonstrations, he is utterly incapable of reforms.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. pmk1953

    Now the army will wear civilian clothes instead of uniforms, so they came blame it on "armed gangs from the ouside".

    November 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. banasy©

    @pmk1953: Yep.

    November 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. ma & pa

    Right, bobcat2u and pmk1953, and in future some will try to blame all harm on the 'infidel agressor' who cleaned up the mess they started. What did we do?...be an example of personal, political and religious freedom their people can see. Without the optomitrists treacherous glasses. We need to hold our ground lest we be eased off it. The Syrian extends a hand...what is in the other behind his back?

    November 3, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
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