Arabs open way for arming Syrians, civil war feared


Ayman Samir, Edmund Blair
Reuters
February 14, 2012

After a bruising meeting in a five-star Cairo hotel, Arab foreign ministers led by Gulf states hinted to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that unless he halts his violent crackdown, some Arab League members might arm his opponents.

The message was folded into Article 9 of a League resolution passed on Sunday that urges Arabs to “provide all kinds of political and material support” to the opposition, a phrase that includes the possibility of giving weapons to Assad’s foes.

Diplomats at the meeting confirmed this interpretation.

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