Turkey's foreign minister warned Friday that it was time for Syria to make a decision, as a deadline passed for it to agree to let Arab League observers into the country to monitor the government's response to civil unrest.
Damascus's failure to respond opens the door to economic sanctions against Syria by its neighbors, a senior Arab League diplomat told CNN in Cairo.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Syria risked international isolation if it continued on its present path - and, that the current bloodshed as it puts down pro-democracy protests could not be tolerated.
"Syria has to make a decision," he said, speaking in Istanbul alongside his Italian counterpart, Giulio Terzi.
"It will either continue this crackdown policy against its people and become isolated more and more, or it will say yes to this well-intentioned Arab League proposal, sign this protocol and observers will monitor the situation on the ground by going to all Syrian cities."
Protesters in cities around the country have been demanding al-Assad's ouster and democratic elections since March.FULL STORY