Gulf Nations reject Arab League recall

A BLOCK of Gulf nations has rejected Syria’s request for an emergency Arab League summit to discuss the increasingly violent unrest.

The six-nation Gulf Co-operation Council yesterday said Arab foreign ministers were already holding talks to prepare for a meeting in Morocco today in which Syria would be officially suspended from the League.

Syria requested the summit after the League voted to give Damascus until today to implement a plan for ending the violence or face suspension. The call for a summit needs backing from 15 of the League’s 22 members. Gulf countries led the drive to punish Syria over its crackdown on protesters.

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The Syrian opposition leader Burhan Ghalioun, of the National Transitional Council, has urged Russia to press president Bashar al-Assad to stop the bloodshed.