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SNC head says council expects Arab League to take “decisive position”

Syrian National Council head Burhan Ghalioun said in remarks published on Wednesday that the council expects the Arab League to take “a decisive position” regarding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime during its Saturday meeting.

“The Syrian regime [did not keep] its promise to withdraw the army from the cities, release detainees and allow [people] to demonstrate,” Ghalioun told As-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper.

He also said that the Arab League has to take “serious” actions such as suspending Syria’s membership in the Arab League and withdrawing Arab ambassadors from Damascus.

Ghalioun also said it was important that these “severe” sanctions include stopping investments from the Gulf and supporting the “council’s request for international protection.”

The Arab League called an emergency meeting to be held on Saturday regarding Syria's failure to stand by the roadmap to end violence.

According to UN estimates, more than 3,500 people have been killed in the crackdown on Syrian protesters who have been demonstrating against the Baath regime since mid-March.

Assad's regime blames the violence raging for more than seven months in Syria on “armed groups.”

-NOW Lebanon