October 16th, 2011
04:12 PM ET

Arab League holds emergency Syria debate

The Arab League, which held an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday about the ongoing unrest in Syria, is considering suspending the country from the organization.

The Gulf Cooperation Council, made up of six Gulf Arab states, is spearheading the motion, which would need two-thirds of the assembly vote to pass.

In his opening remarks, Syrian ambassador Yousef Ahmad blamed foreign influences for the unrest in his country. He specifically cited the influence of Arabic-language news groups, which he said are targeting Syria.

The Arab League meeting comes after more than seven months of protests against the government in Syria in which the United Nations says about 3,000 people have died.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Andreas Moser

    Will Syria be next?

    October 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. leeintulsa

    Will syria be next? What kind of stupid question is that?

    Umm, unless bahrain or yemen just all of a sudden fold up.. Or iran holds a coup.. Or pakistan implodes..

    Who would you prefer was 'next'?

    If you're going to ask questions with no answers, at least make it sporting..

    October 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    lmfao @ leeintulsa, that my dear is exactly why you will be my write in candidate for president

    October 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tif31

    The last time the arab league held an emergency meeting was over Libya. Then proceeded to let NATO do the work their countries should be doing since that is the part of the world. So are they going toask NATO to come into Syria now ?

    October 16, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    It would be great if someone in the group had some influence with Assad and forced him to step down, but I'm not optimistic.

    October 16, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Ah, leeintulsa, you're cute when you get irritated. 😉

    October 17, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |