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. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    OK. They already said they were doing this, then failed to follow through.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Well, gee, that's mighty big of them.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Ah, but now the Arab League said it, so it has to be true, right? RIGHT?!?

    November 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. beachrat

    Well, hopefully they are telling the truth, but knowing Assad, we cant be sure. Maybe after Tunisa, Egypt, and now Libya, he can see the handwriting on the wall. Lets hope for the best.
    Peace

    November 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Ha. That IS a clever reference, because Assad is an optometrist.

      (If it was just accidental, don't worry, just pretend.)

      November 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    I'm sure this will last long. Worthless

    November 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Christopher P Vaughan

    actions like this by the Arab League are at the end of the day, just fiction...
    the Arab League, OPEC have and will continue to finance any terrorist group
    that opposes Israel..
    now the entire world has seen that the Arab Leagues own members will
    kill its own people just so that the current leaders can stay in power

    as you sow so shall you reap
    CVaughan

    November 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brian

    Perfect time for a drone strike!

    November 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason K

      What...against more livestock in Afghanistan? YOU BET! That's what we do best! Followed up by a care package drop of a couple billion FRNs!

      November 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cj

    Syria has received authorization from China and Russia.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. db

    Why is it that somehow I just do not believe this will happen? These Arab leaders fail to see the hand writting on the wall and believe that their citizens will continue to operate like subjects. The ways of the old are over and yes, even the Arab population is sick of the ways of the old, next will come the revolution against the Islamic raidcal Imams and their hate filled rants.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. WhackyWaco

    Obama will claim another victory.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      You lost, son? Faux News is that way ---->

      November 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JOE

    Short of regime change what the Syrian government needs to do is to ask the protesters what are their demands and then follow through with it and end the conflict. Resolutions can sometimes be made simple if world leaders would just put their selfishness, arrogance and pride aside for a moment. It took Hosni Mubara a few months to realize it before he did the right thing but Gadfai was to too hot headed and now he has paid the ultimate price for his arrogance. I just wish Assad would be more like Mubarak and lean towards reform.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat2u

    Oh. I so believe this is true. The syrian government is going to welcome ALL the protestors with open arms and will never raise arms against them again.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. OJ

    He has been given another chance to save himself and not end up on the run. The alternative is the Arab, EU and US will gang politically against Russia and China and order UN to manadate an intervention. This will result in a short war and a regime change. He will end up a refugee, prisoners, or dead like the others before him. I think he is a smart man, and he will play it right. This is an offer he can't refuse. Next one please!

    November 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    Sure they are . . .

    November 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Moe

    May I ask the arab foreign ministers why the pressure on syria but not Bahrian or Yemen, oh sorry I forgot syria, is Iran's friend 🙂

    November 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • OJ

      Is there currently operation in Baharin where the army is killing people just for protesting. Is there army in the street randomly shooting at people and killing by the thousands? Is the goverment in Baharin refusing to set and talk with the oppossition? The answer is NO! So there is nothing to talk about. There is a lot to talk about when it comes to Syria. Don't just follow your mullah blindly.

      November 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
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