CAIRO – The Arab League has called for “immediate change” in Syria, urging President Bashar al-Assad to end the government’s violent crackdown on dissent and launch a comprehensive national dialogue, Voice of America reported. Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo demanded that Syrian authorities implement measures agreed upon during a visit to Damascus last week by the league’s secretary-general.
Qatar’s foreign minister Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, who chaired the meeting, said the the current situation remains critical and that Syria must stop what he called its “killing machine.” Also Tuesday, Turkey’s prime minister told the Egyptian newspaper Al-Shorouk that he fears the crisis in Syria could descend into a sectarian civil war between the Alawites and the Sunnis.
In separate comments before several thousand people in Cairo, Erdogan said civilian deaths have increased in Syria, but reforms have not followed. He said that neither the Syrian people nor the Turkish government believe anymore in Assad.