Arab League to refer Syria to the Security Council




    After the failed mission to get Syria to stop its crackdown on protesters, the Arab League chief, Nabil Elaraby said that the League would be referring Syria to the Security Council. The Arab League intends to submit a plan to the Security Council which calls for bashar al Assad to immediately step down and hand over power to his deputy, and clear the way for the formation of a unity government within two months.

    Nabil Elaraby and Qatari Prime Minister  Hammad bin Jasem al Thani would be travelling to New York on Saturday to meet with UN officials.

    An earlier Security Council resolution was torpedoed by Russian and Chinese opposition. Russia, which sees Syria as its protégé in the region, continues to supply arms and even warplanes to the country.

    The latest development took place after the observers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) started to pull out of Syria after their governments said that “they were certain that the bloodshed would continue.”

    More than 400 people have died since the Arab League observers reached the country. In a brazen disregard for international opinion Syria, which had invited the observers to verify its claims of having stopped killing protesters, continued doing so almost right before their very eyes.

    The League’s failure to halt violence, as well as its apparent unwillingness to take harsher action against Syria, has led many to sharply criticize the League’s initiative. The naming of Mohammad al Dabi, the former general who oversaw the Darfur genocide, as head of the mission did not help matters.

    Now, al Thani, the key member of the Arab League says referring Syria to the Security Council was “the only option.”

    Syrian leadership has repeatedly reacted with contempt towards the Arab League, often showing that it cared little for its good opinion, and have demonized it as being a part of a conspiracy to destabilize the Syrian government.

    The situation in Syria has taken on the aspects of a civil war, with army deserters repeatedly clashing with government forces, in an escalating series of violence. Reports of deaths have been pouring in daily, and the UN now says it has lost track of the count, which exceeds 5400.